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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. David Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 20:45:19 -0700
Subject: RE; GOOD NEWS

Dear Sir/Madam
WE ARE THE MANAGEMENT OF ATM DEPARTMENT UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA DAKAR SENEGAL are here to notify you concerning your fund (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY) that have been deposited in our custody which they have instructed our department to load the fund into ATM VISA CARD and post to your designated home address in your country as the beneficiary.
Now to enable us start process we wish to inform you to provide to our office all this information's below.
    1.FIRST NAME.....................
    2.SECOND NAME.............
    3.LAST NAME................
    4.HOME ADDRESS..........
    9.TELEPHONE No............
    10.OCCUPATION....... copy NATIONAL ID CARD .... 
    12.MARRIAGE STATUS........
We wish to notify you that with all this information's it will help us to open your ATM CARD FILE in our office and to start the process immediately. Again we assure you that your ATM VISA CARD will be issue and ready to deliver in 24 hours working days starting from the day we receive the above information's and to open your ATM file.
All your Reply to  this  Email;
Thanks for your co-operation
Yours Faithfully
Dr. David Mark
, 2015 INTERNATIONAL the ATM CARD the DEPARTMENT CENTER Financial Services - Bankers  Systems Importantly:   . The Do Not the respond to the any Message from the any Team, Organization, the Person (S) non body the without at The following code: FR61ZE Your Privacy and Satisfaction IS Our Concern and We Will always try our best to give you the  best of service This is a legal property ofThe ATM CARD CENTER Financial the DEPARTMENT INTERNATIONAL Services  and of MUST BE treated the with Absolute Confidentiality

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