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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: "Mrs. Carolyn Green" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:49:52 -0300

Attn: Fund Beneficiary
SUBJECT: Your ATM Card payment
Date: 19TH February 2014.
Have you Received Your Payment? Your immediate confirmation is needed with Your Full  Information if truly you have Not received your payment as it may interest you to note that  we have received full payment instructions from the federal government of Nigeria after our  joint meeting with the President commander in chief, The Central Bank Governor and World  Bank delegation team respectively to transfer part payment of USD 2.4million to your account  through Nigeria oil reserve account with the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
In our tradition to forestall further transfer complications which always results to request  of outrageous fees and charges by various payment officials The Central Bank of Nigeria has  been mandated to effect your approved part-payment via ATM International Debit Card which  will be processed and deliver to your doorstep by courier service, The programmed ATM card  upon receipt will enable you make withdrawals from any ATM cash machine around your location  all over the world  You are therefore required to contact the Manager card department  Central Bank of Nigeria Mr. Kenny Benson immediately with your relevant information on Tel;  234-81-44996731,Email; to enable their department commence the  delivery of your programmed ATM card to your doorstep without any further delay. Please  contact Mr. Benson for your ATM CARD IMMEDIATELY.  Once again accept our congratulations.
Best Regards.
Mrs. Carolyn Green

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