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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: International Remittance Department <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:39:58 +0000
Subject: Payment No: W30911

Payment No: W30911

I am directed to inform you for the very last time that ATM Card
Number: 5428050011004432 have been approved in your favor, The ATM
Card Value is $350,810.00 USD (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Eight
Hundred and Ten USD Only) You are advised that a maximum withdrawal
value of $5,000.00 USD is permitted on withdrawal per day and are duly
Inter Switch so you can make withdrawal in ATM Center of your choice.

Treat urgently and note that your ATM Card is ready and available for
dispatch to you, send me your phone number so i can give you a call
for more details

Martin Proh
International Remittance Department

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