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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: "Mr Ray Walte" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 06:46:04 -0700
Subject: Your ATM CARD is well packaged


How are you? hope all is well with you and your family. I know that you might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to delaying the delivery up till now. I am writing to inform you that your file was found in our office today and we discovered that your cheque of $4.5 Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was instructed by our late boss Mrs. Victoria Ray.

We are very sorry for the mistake and the delaying, please bear with us because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete the instruction giving by our woman. Note that your cheque has been convert into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is to inform you that the arrangement have made to deliver the $4.5 Million through ATM CARD to you the meeting is concluded last.

Your ATM CARD is well packaged with everything legal documents to cover it not having any problem with any Office Authority and we have waiting to hear from you since to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact us with you current information.

(1.) Your Full name,________________
(2.) Your home Address,______________
(3.) Your current telephone number,_________
(4.) A copy of your picture,_____________
(5.) Your age/sex,____________________
(6.) Your country,________________________
(7.) Your occupation,__________________

Therefore you should contact us now to avoid wrong delivery, after some days,you should contact the ATM Center Director on this below E-mail(
Contact Person; Dr.Daniela Frad
Tel: Phone Number; +229 6894 3553

Please try to call him immediately to know when Your ATM CARD will be deliver to you. I wait for your update as soon as you have receive your ATM CARD Package immediately.

God Bless You.
Yours sincerely
Mr Ray Walte

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