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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: "Steve John" <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 19:36:05 +0200
Subject: Your payment via ATM CARD.

Attn: Sir,

Be informed that we have finalized arrangements concerning your payment.
You can now make a withdrew of $15,000 as soon as the ATM Card delivered
to you by tomorrow.

However, it is the pleasure of this office to inform you that your Master
Card Number ; (6280512007610793364 ) has been approved and upgraded in
your favor.

Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number is 69/11. The ATM Card Value is US$15
Million United States Dollars only

Note that, a maximum withdrawal value of US$15,000.00 is permitted per day

we are duly inter-switched and you can make withdrawal in any location of
the Master Center of your choice/nearest to you. We have also concluded
delivery arrangements with our accredited courier service Company to be
fully insured and also oversee the delivery of the ATM Card to you without
any further delay as soon as you finalized with them.

In view of this development, you are requested to get back to us
( to enable us proceed .

I wait to hear from you as we give you the best of service.



Mr Steve John

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