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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:

Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:02:59 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: For Your Overdue Compensate Fund

Urgent Attention For Your Overdue Compensate Fund.

REV.DR.BOLO SMITH, from office of ATM Swift Card Department (UBA-BANK PLC) We
knew is very difficult for you to understand because you have been long time
waiting for your ATM Card all the time yet things didn’t work out to your
expectation but you have to understand that your file has not gotten to this
office, then Beside most CARDS are being sent through African and after much
investigation it was resulted that 95% of the ATM CARD was not Good which is
the reason the card could not being use. To this effect, the appropriate
authorities (Economic Community of West African States of African and American
Government) has decided not to deliver CARD to foreign clients through African
anymore due to a lot of complains that beneficiaries are not receiving their
payment after fees has been paid.

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