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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:20:25 -0800

Nigeria Offshore Payment Center,Virginia,United States.
Contact Person: Dr,Smith Anderson.
Executive Director Nigeria Offshore ATM Card Payment Center United States Of America.
11325 Random Hills Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030, United States.
Direct Tel:+1-757-809-7419.

Attn: ATM Card Beneficiary.


I wish to inform you that as the Executive Director of Nigeria ATM Card Offshore Payment Center here in Virginia,United States i have today taken delivery of your parcel (ATM Master/Visa Card) uploaded with the sum of US$5Million only (Five Million Dollars) that was sent to my office by the Nigerian Government through the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC,United States for onward delivery to you the beneficiary of the ATM Card home or office address here in the United States or outside the United States in your Country which you have to reconfirm to me with immediate effect your receiving address for you onward shipment from Virginia here through my office,meanwhile you are as a matter of urgency required to contact Mr.Johnson Briggs in Nigeria for him to release and issue to you a Special Copy of your ATM Master Card Payment Bond Release Code (AMCPBRC) and the cost for the AMCPBRC which you will send to Mr.Johnson Briggs in Nigeria is only the sum of US$280 (Two Hundred And Eighty Dollars),i told you the ac

Sequel to the above development now this is your ATM Card 16 digits Serial numbers: 13 65 76 00 07 48 39 94,your four Digits Personal Identifications Numbers (PIN CODE) is sealed and attached in your parcel which you alone will open it and use it to commence withdrawals once you have received your parcel from Virginia here through my office once you have contacted me with your full names and your mailing address in your Country for your shipment without further delays from my office as i have a delivery arrangement with a reputable courier company here in Virginia for your shipment of which the shipment fees has been made already by me, as i said earlier this direct delivery will not cost you a dime once you have obtain the mandatory AMCPBRC CLEARANCE from, Johnson Briggs in Nigeria by you sending to him the US$280 cost as i have paid your shipment cost already,all i need from you is your address in your Country and then you ask Johnson Briggs to forward the AMCPBRC to me once you have send to him the above

DIRECT MOBILE: 234-8090-718221.

Finally i will advise you call Johnson Briggs on his phone as soon as you receive this email and ask him how you will send the US$280 to him so that he will expedite actions by urgently issuing your AMCPBRC CLEARANCE to you because without it i cannot make your delivery and to enable me make your delivery as quickly as possible unless you think otherwise,forward all mailing address to my direct email id as thus: and you can call me on my direct line here in the United States as thus:1-757-809-7419 for more clarifications on your parcel delivery from Virginia here.

Yours Sincerely.

Dr.Smith Anderson.
Executive Director Nigeria Offshore ATM Card Payment Center,
Virginia, United States Of America.
Direct Tel:+1-757-809-7419.

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