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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. John William" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. John William" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:36:56 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Friend, YOUR ATM CREDIT CARD PAYMENT PIN CODE.We the members of financial accounting are very pleased to inform you that(ATM Card Number:4278763100030014 ) and the Security pin has been creditedin your favor, your personal Identification Number is 822 which you haveto forward to our agent for identification. The ATM Card value is$800,000,00. I want to inform you that the charge demanded by the ATM Department todownload the funds($800,000,00) into the ATM card and ship it to your homeaddress which is bringing delay to the delivering of the card to you sincehas now been raised and paid to Reserve BANK.What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx COURIER SERVICE as soon aspossible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of theexpiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurancepremium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the ATM Card showing that it isnot a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.The only money you will send to the FedEx COURIER SERVICE to deliver yourATM Card direct to your postal Address in your country is ($150 USD) onlybeing Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don'tbe deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $100 US Dollars.I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know whenyou will contact them and in case of demurrage.  Victor Smith is the legal head delivery agent to FedEx delivery company andhe is to issue to you the tracking numbers to your package as soon as youpay the security keeping fee.  Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and your Directtelephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery andask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your packageover there and know when it will get to your address.  And you will also need to fill this below information for them to confirmthat you are the real owner of the ATM CARD and to no where they aredelivering your ATM Card to:  Your Full Name:______________________________Residential Address:__________Direct Telephone Number:_____________________Nearest airport:______________________Copy of Identity Card:_________________Occupation:_________________Sex:_________________Age:_________________Present Country:_________________You have to contact the FedEx COURIER SERVICE in London, United Kingdom nowfor the delivery of your ATM Card with this information below:-  Contact Person: Victor Smith {Delivery Agent} London, United KingdomEmail: atmoffice41@yahoo.frYOUR ATM CARD DETAILS.ATM Card Number: (4278763100030014)Security Pin Code :822Withdrawal per day : $5,000 (USD)Personal Identification:   Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mailto avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keepingfee of $100 US Dollars for their immediate action.You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your ATMCard.   Yours Faithfully,Mr. John WilliamTLEPONE: (+229)98343800Presidential Library & Museum Former DirectorInternational Online Lottery Co-ordination.Presidential Library & Museum Former DirectorInternational Online Lottery Co-ordination.

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