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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: "OCBC BANK MALAYSIA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:23 +0800

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Re: Confirm The Receipt of this mail with Details.
  This is to inform you that your Accredited ATM Master Card (SBG/XX/0159/GH) awarded for over due contract/inhenrittance payment of USD$1.500 Million USD with card number (4563-6482-6310-09) has been allocated in your favor Your Personal Identification Number is (4283), An by the way did you instruct Mrs Nikki-Marie Lee to collect your ATM Master Card worth USD$1.500 million on your behalf? Get back to this office immediately you receive this message for confirmation and immediate action and confirm your personal information below to this office.
                     *COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW*
*Did you instruct Mrs Nikki-Marie Lee to collect your ATM CARD?:....(Yes/No)
*Your Full Names:..........
*Residential Address: ............
*Direct Phone Number#:..........
*Next of Kin:...............
*Relationship with next of Kin:..........
  OCBC Bank Malaysia will take responsibility for the shipment of your ATM MASTER CARD to your residentail address so you will not have to pay for the shipment. The only money you will have to pay is $155.00USD for the Stamp duty and Authorization fee which has to be paid by the beneficiary. Upon confirmation of your details you will be provided with more information.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Mrs. Hong Heng Kit
ATM Payment Department.
Direct Land Line: +601-133-041-549
Private Email Id: (

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