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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: "Dr.Robert Davis" <>
Reply-To: "Dr.Robert Davis" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:58:41 +0000 (UTC)

How are you? hope all is well with you and your family.I know that you might have forgotten about this your outstanding fund due to our mistake to delay the delivery up till now.

I am writing to inform you that your file was found in our office today and we discovered that your cheque of $15.7Million united state dollars have not been sent to you as it was instructed by our late boss Mrs. Mary Jones.

We are very sorry for the mistake and the delay, please bear with us because the fault is from our former secretary who did not complete the instruction giving by our Boss. My dear, Note that your cheque has been convert into Master ATM Card to free it from Expiring. This is to tell you that the arrangement to deliver to you the $15.7 Million in ATM CARD is concluded today and the only fee which you will have to pay is the delivery fee.

Now Your ATM CARD is well packaged with every legal documents to cover it form not having any problem with any Office Authority or with your Federal Government and w have deposit your ATM Card with the conclusion to deliver it to your home as soon as you contact them with you current information.

(1.) Your Full name,________________

(2.) Your home Address,______________

(3.) Your current telephone number,______

(4.) A copy of your identification,_____________

(5.) Your age/sex,____________________

(6.) Your country,____________________

(7.) Your occupation,__________________

Try and get in contact with the ATM Unit Director on this below E-mail;

Contact Person; Rev.James Mark.
Phone Number (+229-9930 2883)

Please try to call him immediately to know when Your ATM CARD could be deliver to you.I wait for your update as soon as you have receive your ATM CARD.Rev.James Mark will also guide you on how to make withdrawal daily and make sure you do not give out your email account password to any offices or persons to avoid lost of information.

Thanks and God Bless You.

Yours sincerely

Dr.Robert Davis.

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