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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 Faith Boni <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:56:25 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Urgent Attention Is Needed

You’re expected to call us +22968037105. We know is very difficult for you
to understand because it has being long time you are waiting for your ATM
Master Card but right now things are really worked out to your expectation.

You have to understand that your file has gotten to office of ATM Swift
Card and already finalized all the necessary arrangement, beside most
original Card 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
is in order (ECO-WAS HIGH COURT WEST AFRICA) Decided to pay you via ATM
MASTER CARD which worth sum of $2.5 USD

For activation of your Card pin number and also cover the insurance
coverage to enable you have access of withdraw once you receive your ATM
Master Card include your ID Card

Include you information
You’re name
You’re country
You’re home address
You’re Tel phone number

Thanks for your co-operation:

Office email (
Best regards Faith Boni

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