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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: Mr Chris Powell <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:50:43 +0100
Subject: Re: Reply

With respect to the provision Section 17 of decree 114 of the 1999 constit=
ution, I was directed to inform you that your payment verification and conf=
irmations is =201COK=201D. Therefore, we are happy to inform you that arran=
gements has perfectly concluded to effect your payment as soon as possible =
in our bid to be transparent inline with programmed of the present administ=
ration of Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander in chief Of the Armed F=
orces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in his crusade against corruption =
in Nigeria.
However, it is our pleasure to inform you that ATM Card Number; 4120-5350-=
0006-0071 has been approved and upgraded in your favor. Meanwhile, The ATM =
Card Value is $4 Million USD Only. You are advised that a maximum withdrawa=
l value of US$3,000.00 is permitted daily. And we are duly inter-switched a=
nd you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM Center of your choice=
/nearest to you. Delivery will cost you $105
Everything has been put together to deliver this your ATM CARD,what is now=
holding the card is the delivery charge.Send it through Western Union Mone=
y Transfer with the below accountant information.

Text Question:The Sky Is ?
Amount to send : $105
As soon as you send the money provide me with the following information fro=
m the western union payment slip.
Senders name :
Amount Sent:
Within 48 hours confirmation of this payment. Be aware that the delivery f=
ee receipt will be attached to your payment delivery documents to avoid bei=
ng delayed by the customs.
Advice this office of your preferred time of visitation to delivery so tha=
t we can inform the courier service Company. And be informed that your vali=
d I.D card must be presented to the dispatchers before release will be done=
to you to avoid wrong delivery.

Treat as very urgent, as we also remind you once again that your ATM Card i=
s ready, you Atm card and the approval of your card payment the original wi=
ll be sending to you as soon as we heard from you with the information=2019=
s of the payment for the charges. I will also try to speak with you to noti=
fy you regard to this development or you call me on below telephone number.
Yours Faithfully,

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