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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: Director Mark uba <>
Reply-To: Director Mark uba <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:34:18 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I have deposited the check to the ATM OFFICE

 Good Day,I have deposited the check to the ATM OFFICE. All you have to do is to contact them With this Email:( they will give you direction on  how you will be receiving your ATM card. My agreement with them is $2.5USD daily until the whole of $3.5USD is exhausted.  You are not expected to pay for the delivery fee or stamp duty fee or any certificate fee because all the fee is already Paid for you, except activation fee. The only fee you will send to them before you ATM MASTER CARD is delivered to you is activation fee which i did not know the amount.when you contact the ATM office, try to ask them how much is activation fee of your ATM CARD.Your are free to call us here +229 98914872 for more explanation. the contact person is Director mark uba,email them with your full address such as
 Your full name_____________ Your address_______________ Your country______________ Your ag___________________ Your Sex_________________ Your occupation________ Your Phone number_____
for you information Please change your email password before replying to this email for security reason contact with all your information before asking how is the activation fee for security reason and also demand for information where you can send the money for the activation fee once again contact person Director Mark uba  email: phone: +229 98914872
Thank youMrs. Victoria Francesca

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