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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.Johnson Chidera" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Johnson Chidera" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:17:02 +0000 (UTC)

Attention: Dear Customer.

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 our
mistake to delay 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 $10.5 Million united state dollars have not been sent to
you as it was instructed by our late boss Mrs. Victoria Crawford.

We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us
because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete
the instruction giving by our Boss.My dear, Note that your cheque has
been convert into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is to
tell you that the arrangement to deliver to you the $10.5 Million in
ATM CARD is concluded today.

Now Your ATM CARD is well packaged with every legal documents to cover
it form not having any problem with any Office Authority or with your
Federal Government and we have deposit your ATM Card with the
conclusion to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact them 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,__________________

My dear, you should contact the ATM Center Director on this below
E-mail.( telephone number +229-9843-1647       

Contact Person; Dr. Stephen Williams
Please try to call him immediately to know when Your ATM CARD could be
deliver to you.I wait for your update as soon as you have receive your
ATM CARD Package.
Thanks and God Bless You.
Yours sincerely
Mr.Johnson Chidera

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