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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: "James Matt" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:05:35 -0800
Subject: Compensation



 Having reviewed thousands of scam cases, the African union (AU) in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), we joined forces to compensate you as one of the selected verified scam victims within Asia, America, and Europe with the sum of (US$ 1,500,000) One Million Five hundred thousand Dollars.


 Directives have been consequently given for you to be issued with a CORPORATE ATM VISA CARD to the above compensated amount where your payment will be uploaded. This way you will not have to pass through the rigorous process you under went in the past.


 You are required to re-confirm your current delivery address to ensure accurate delivery in addition to supplying the following details:


 1). Full Names

 2). Delivery Address

 3). Telephone Number

 4). Country

 5). Any form of identification


 Please hurry now providing the above information so that the relevant bank that be paying you (up-loading your ATM Visa Card) Compensation will contact you to let you know how and when your Card will be couriered to you..



 Mohamed  Carltine.

Payment Coordinator.

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