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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: Official Transfer <>
Reply-To: Official Transfer <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:57:07 +0000 (UTC)

 Hello My Friend.

I have submitted your ATM Visa Card to the ATM Department office. But before they can send the card to you they will need your contact information such as your name, your location address, your country name and state, your phone mobile number, and your drive license or international passport.

They said only if you send the needed information and call director Mr. James Victor in charge, his direct line Telephone +229-99310807, and assure him you are the rightful person to receive $6.5Million Dollars in an ATM Visa Card. If you do not call him within 24 hrs. he might cancel the delivery as he will then know that this is not the rightful person then send your receiver name and your location address your drive license or international passport, your phone mobile number as I said now please send them via mail as
Thanks & remain blessed.
Barrister Michael Obi

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