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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: "ATM CARD CENTER" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:45:08 +0200

Attn: ,

This is to Officially inform you that the reason why you have not
received your payment from us is because you have not fulfilled your
Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your
Contract/Inheritance Payment.

Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your
behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating
your payment in total USD$5.5million in an ATM CARD which you can use
to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world
with a maximum of $10,000 United States Dollars daily.

Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this
transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it
is our duty to protect the American And Citizens Over the World. All I
want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER via email for their
requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf
which will cost you $360 only. BEEN INFORM YOU WILL PAY THIS $360
IMMEDIATELY you contact, for the procurement of your
Approval Slip and delivery of your ATM CARD.

FULL NAME: ______________
COUNTRY: ________________
HOME ADDRESS: __________
PHONE NUMBER: __________
BANK NAME: ______________

The Payment of $360 via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram
Transfer is for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the
delivery of your ATM CARD will be effected to your designated home
address without any further delay.

We order you get back to this office after you have contacted the ATM
SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with
our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.

Thanks and hope to read from you soon.

Reply to
Mr David James

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