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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: "CIMB BANK MALAYSIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 07:08:32 -0700

Attn: For Your ATM Master Card...
  I am writing for your update we have arranged your payment through our swift Card payment Center Asia pacific, this Card center will send you an ATM Master Card that you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world but the maximum is Six Thousand Five hundred United States Dollars per day. So if you like to receive your Funds in this way then let us know by contacting our ATM payment Department Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and also send the following information as listed below.
1.) Full Name:
2.) Address Where You Want Your ATM Master Card to be sent?
3.) Phone And Fax Number:
4.) Name Of Your Country:
5) Attach Copy Of Your Identification:
Kindly contact the below person who is in possition to release your ATM Master Card to you, Ms Tia Binti Ramlee Director ATM payment department of Cimb Bank Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Ms. Tia Binti Ramlee
Phone: +60-163-106-420
The ATM Card Payment Center has been mandated to issue out $850.000.00 ,only you have to stop any further comminucation with any other person(s) or Office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment immediately and that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-481) so you have to indicate this code when contacting Ms. Tia Binti Ramlee by using it as your subject so that you can receive your ATM Card without having time wasted.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Mr. Kow Lee Yang
                                                           CIMB BANK MALAYSIA

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