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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 MICHAEL COLLINS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:15:07 +0200
Subject: ATM Visa Card....Urgent

Attn: beneficiary.
This is to inform you that United Nation gave me instruction to contact you regarding your Compensation of ATM Visa Card.
After an extensive close door meeting between the Board of Directors of the UNITED NATIONS, THE WORLD BANK-GROUP AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND), it was resolved and agreed upon that this body "world international debt reconciliation committee" will work extensively to ensure that your Contract Payment, Your Inheritance and Lottery Winning prizes will be paid without hitches and delay through the World Bank –Group and IMF Insurance body.
Note: we have decided to contact you following the reports we received from Anti-Fraud International Monitoring Group your name/email has been submitted to us therefore the United Nations have agreed to compensate you with the sum of(US$500,000.00) this compensation is also including international business that failed due to Government problems etc.You are therefore advice to send the below information.
Meanwhile your ATM Visa Card is here with me, I only waiting to hear from you so that you’re ATM Visa Card will be delivery to you within three working days time.
Waiting to hear from you with your full name address and telephone number
Dr. Michael Collins
Line +234-8168067888

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