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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: "Mr Paul White" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:37:23 +0100
Subject: Payment by ATM Master Credit CARD_-

Dear: Beneficiary,

This is Mr Paul White,We hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay you, your over due contract/inheritance fund which you could
not complete the process of the released of your transfer pin code through the Digitalized Payment System. We have decided to pay your funds to you through
(ATM Master Express Credit Card) This arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World Bank and Paris Club, due to fraudulent activities going on within
the African Region and it has been approved by the presidency to deliver here.

The World Bank and Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our contractors/inheritance beneficiary to receive their fund without any
interference. the ATM Master Express Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE. Reconfirm the following information to us for Security reason.


Upon the receipt of this mail we are going to load your $4.5 million into the Master Express Credit Card and send a scan copy of the card to you before we
will proceed to dispatch the card directly to your nominated home address so you absolutely have nothing to worry about all we need is your Prompt Response
and Co-operation by Gods Grace we will have a successful Transaction and what you have to do now is to obtain the INSURANCE BOND CERTIFICATE that has to be on your name to back up your card for successful delivery and also pay for the delivery fee of the courier and It will cost you $250 usd and that is all.

Here is the information of payment

Receiving name: Teke James
Receiving address: Lagos. Nigeria.
Text question: How are you
Text answer: Fine

I await you

Mr Paul White

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