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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: "Greg Morris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:14:50 +0400
Subject: YOUR ATM CARD !!! YOUR ATM CARD !!!!!

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC

Attention ,

Records show that you are among one of the individuals and
Organizations that are yet to receive their overdue payment from
Overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and
Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have noticed that you
Have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters who have been
Impersonating the likes of Prof. Soludo/Mr.Lamido Sansui of the
Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Bode Williams, Frank,
Anderson, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young
Of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen and some
Impostors claiming to be The Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the
Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) on how some people have lost
Outrageous sums of money to these impostors. As a result of this, we
Hereby advise you to stop communication with any one not referred to
You by us. We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance
That your payment totaling $10,500,000.00(Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars) Will be released to you via a custom pin based ATM
Card with a maximum withdrawal limit of $20,000 daily and card is
powered by visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world where you
see a Visa Card Logo on the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM).

We guarantee receipt of your payment. This is as a result of the
Mandate from USA Government to make sure all debts owed to citizens of
American and also Asia and Europe which includes Inheritance,
Contract, Gambling/Lottery etc are been cleared.

To redeem your funds, you are hereby advised to contact the ATM Card
Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your
Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order
On your behalf which will cost you $570 Usd only and nothing more as
Everything else has been taken care of by the Federal Government
Including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever
Need to pay is $570.00 only to Mr.Barry Anderson (ATM Card Center
Director)ATM locations at 600 Commerce St Ikoyi,Lagos/Nigeria.

ATM Card Center Director Mr.Barry Anderson
Email: (
Telephone: (+2348065378795)

Do contact Mr.Barry Anderson of the ATM Card Center via his contact
details Above and furnish him with your details as listed below and
also ask Him for the payment information you need to send the $570
Payment Warrant and Endorsement fee:

FULL NAMES: ______________________________
SEX: _______________
DATE OF BIRTH: __________________
OCCUPATION: __________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________

On contacting him with your details your file would be updated and he
Will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in
Making payment of $570.00 via Money Gram or Western Union Money
Transfer for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and
Endorsement of your ATM Release Order, after which the delivery of
Your ATM card will be affected to your designated home address without
Any further delay, extra fee.

Greg Morris

Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices
Claiming to be in possession of your ATM card, you are hereby advice
Only to be in contact with Mr Wayne Collins of the ATM card center who
is The rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and
Forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could
Act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime

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