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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: "Visa Master Card Reward Admin" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:36:23 -0000


Dear Consumer, We bring you the notice of Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card
yearly global complementing reward; this reward was in conjunction with
corporate council of international Union Pay settlement committee,
cooperation of ATM/POS committee, credit/debit card partner and
International council of electronic E-Payments, endorsed and supported by
International syndicate of equitable economic philanthropist’s.

You’re receiving this reward notice because email ID was among the
consumer who were selected from consumer transaction database of
individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced filter and exclusive
automated machine.
At the conclusions of the conduction draw exercises, among 32 countries,
including five (5) African countries, your E-mail ID emerged as one of the
ten outstanding and favorable consumer to be rewarded with value worth of
(£1,970,000.00 GBP) One Million Nine Hundred and Seventy Thousand Great
Britain pounds.
In category ‘A; with the following:

Your REWARD serial code: (MV568A04), File number: (WPVMSCU00001176204)

NOTE: Beneficial reward value MUST be claim by the email ID owner ONLY,
not later than seven (7) working days; from the day you received

Terms & Condition Contact Mr. Albert; reward coordinator & claim
by E-mail:

NOTE: Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we advise
that you keep this reward strictly from the public or whosoever it may be
until your reward value have been processed and remit to your nominated
account. This is part of security protocol to avoid double claims or
unscrupulous acts or sneaky internet crimes.

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