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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 Linda obi." <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:55:49 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Very urgent pls read

This is very difficult for you to understand becuse you have been long time
waiting for your ATM CARD, but right now things are really work out to your
expectation, so you have to understand that your file has gotten to to this
office ATM Swift Card and already finalize all the necessary arrangement,
beside most original Card for presently is ATM MASTER CARD and is being sent
from Africa is 95% while visa card is 55%.

Office of ATM Swift Card department wants you to understand that everything
in order (ECO-WAS HIGH COURT WEST AFRICA) Decided to pay you via ATM MASTER
CARD which worth sum of $2.5 USD

To enable us cover the insurance coverage please include copy of your
for proper reprogramming and activation of your Card pin number to enable you
have access of withdraw once you cash up your ATM MASTER CARD to avoid further

You are advice to include these following below:
You’re name
You’re country
You’re home address
You’re Tel phone number
You’re office phone number
You’re current occupation

Thanks for you co-operation:
Rev.Jerry mark
E-mail :(
Phone no: +229 68450-493
Quickly contact him for more advice.
Regards Mrs. Linda obi

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