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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Richard Joseph <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2012 03:27:06 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Your Total fund has credit to an ATM VISA CARD.Contact them now for the delivering:

Friend, I sent you so many message but Delivery back? I am planning on
how to get things in order for you. Right now everything has been
completed and this is to let you know that I have finalized with the
bank manager, to credit your ($1.9m to an ATM VISA CARD. So your
inherited funds of $1.9 million has been converted and credited to an

This is to bring to your notice that I have paid
the re-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD.I paid it
because the ATM Card worth of $1.9 million will expire soon and when it
expires, the whole money will go into Federal Government treasury
account in my country here, so because of that I decided to help you pay
off the money so that the ATM Card fund will not expire, and I’m
convinced that when you receive your ATM VISA Card that you must pay me
back all my money and even compensate me for helping you. Now I want you
contact the ATM card office with your home address/office address that
you prefer for the delivery to be made so that they can deliver your ATM
cash Card to your designated address in your country without any delay.

I stated earlier, The delivery charges has been paid but I did not pay
their official keeping fees because they refused. They refused, the
reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and
the demurrage might have increased. They told me that their keeping fees
is $25 per day,while I deposited it Monday,November, 12, 2012. Below is the Contact Information of the ATM office, Contact Person: Dr.Matins Colins.Contact him through his Email here: ( ) call him on Phone here: +22998973315.
Contact them today to avoid increase of their keeping fees and let me
know once you receive your ATM Visa card. Thanks and remain bless

Best Regards.

Mr,Joseph Richard

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