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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 Center <>
Reply-To: Atm Center <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:46:52 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: ATM Card Number 4278763100030014

 This is to officially inform you that ATM Card Number 4278763100030014 has been accredited with your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 1789 &amp; Your International Consignment delivery number is (x0022704) The ATM Card Values is 3.8 Million pounds."Note" You are advice to contact our affiliate THE SECRETARY,HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, with the information below as soon as possible via Contact DR. PAUL WILSON Email:( Complete the information below:

Fill The Form Below:
1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Mobile Number:
4. Fax Number: -
5. Occupation:
6.Office Phone.  
7. Sex: Male
8. Age:
9. Reply to Email:
10. Country:
11. Marital Status:
12. E-mail id:
13. Bank Name:
14. Account Number:
15. Account Holders Name:
16. Bank Branch:

THE HOUSE OF SENATE demands that u pay the fee before the ATM card is sent to you,please make haste so you can  get your ATM delivered to you as soon
as possible.Good reception & Best Regards
****************************** ******
DR. PAUL WILSON , PHONE;+229-68-34-72-65

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