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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 <>
Reply-To: ATM CARD <>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:14:27 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATM Master Card Delivering Department.

 ATM Master Card Delivering Department.
(Eco-Bank International Plc) Benin Republic.
Dr John Williams,
Office line:+229 65830256.

Urgent Attention, You Are Expected To Call Us +229 65830256.. Once You Receive These Email.
This is to officially inform  you that your (ATM Card Number::4278763100030014) has been accredited
in your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 1992.Your ATM Card Value is
$4.8MILLION USD.You are here by please advice to contact the ATM card payment
managing director Mr John Williams, With Details Below:

Person:Mr.John Williams
Office Number:+229 65830256.
Contact Email:(
Fill the  form below and ask Mr John Williams to activate your ATM card on
your name and send it to you without delay.

Below is the information you are expected to re-confirm to him,

1. Full Name:__________________________
2. Address:_____________________________
3. Nationality:_____________________
4. Age:__27________________
5. Occupation:___________________________
6. Phone:_9568207147______Fax:_____________________
7. State of Origin:_______Country:_______
8. Drivers license:____________________
9. Copy Of Your Identity:_______________

We have 2days to complete this shipping and so fill the form right away and
get back to us to enable us commence immediately.

Thanks for Your Co-operation.
Mrs Janet Smith,
ATM Master Card Delivering Department.

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