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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:24:57 +0100
Subject: (1/08/2014) RESPONSE ASAP

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.
20535-0001, USA

We Bring to your notice that your atm card is ready to be issued to you
for your onward payment because the FBI in conjuction with the world
bank and international monetary funds reached aggreement with the MR
MICHEAL GREEN, the director DHL in Nigeria to release the ATM CARD to
your without any delays.

However, we have finalised every arrangement to make sure he sends out
the ATM CARD to you through DHL so that you can start withdrawing from
any ATM MACHINE close to you.Also the ATM CARD is containing the sum of
$5.5m which you will be withdrawing a maximum of $10,000 per day until
the total funds is withdrawn from the ATM CARD.

In this view you are to contact MR MICHEAL GREEN IMMEDIATELY WITH THESE

Name: Mr. Micheal Green
direct 24hours security line:+234-70-860-811-83

Upon the receipt of this message kindly send him your information to
deliver the ATM CARD.

Contact him right now because we have cleared the delivery cost leaving
behind the insurance cost which is the only fee you will required to pay
for him to deliver the shipment.

Thank you


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