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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. Mark Smith" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Mark Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:16:06 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: REPLY

 Customers Service Hours--Monday to Saturday:
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:



Re: Beneficiary,

Dear: ,


have been waiting for you to contact me for your ATM VISA CARD worth
$4,500,000.00 (Four Million, five Hundred  Thousand United States
Dollars), being compensation fund for 150 scam victims, but I did not
hear from you all this while And one Mrs Maria Dean claims she is your
representative that we send the money to her.


I want to verify from you before we deliver your ATM VISA CARD to her,
the issue of this compensation was approved after the meeting
held behind closed doors between my humble self and the Director Federal
Bureau of Investigation, United Nations Representative in West Africa
and the Nigeria Government and their presidency, so after this meeting
the entire house concluded that all victims
of scam will be compensated by the Nigeria Government as a means to
sanitize them,  So all we need from you is to follow up our instruction
to enable you receive your own  ATM VISA CARD before it expires.


information, all the documents partaining the compensation is intact
with us including Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate
Fee of the package showing that it is not Drug Money or meant to sponsor
Terrorist attack in your Country.


So confirm the below information to enable our agent get to your home for delivering of your ATM Visa Card:

1. Full Names:

2. Residential Address:

3. Phone Number:

4. Occupation

5. Country:

6. Identification:


Best regards

Dr. Mark Smith.

Managing Director(I.M.F) Nigeria.

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