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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: Theresa Zakora <>
Reply-To: Theresa Zakora <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:36:49 +0900 (JST)

International Foreign Remittance
Av. du Gnral de Gaulle 04 BP 1036 -
Cote D'ivoire.
Contact Manager: Mr.Klint Duke

Attenion: Beneficiary.


This is to notify you that your fund ($9.500,000.00 USD) is now in your ATM DEBIT CARD for quick cash, we have waited for you to advice us on how you want your ATM DEBIT CARD to be sent to you but we recieve no response, many mails has been sent to you with out any feed back. However, we put it mandatory to ensure that we hear from you before comfirming our last discission on what to do with your ATM DEBIT CARD as the benefactor has refuse to show concern over his/her fund.

Please the bank wants to know why the delay. We will appreciate it so much if you get can back to us. Should incase you want a scan copy of your ATM DEBIT CARD for view we are at your service. When responding, recomfirm to us the following information just to ensure that we are not sending this fund to wrong identity.

1) Full Name
2) Address
3) Telephone
4) Age
5) Occupaction

Immediately we hear from you, your ATM PAYMENT CARD will be scaned and attached for your confirmation. Thereafter we will disscuss shipment details to your address.

Thank you for your understanding

Ms.Theresa Zakora

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