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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. Olumide Adebayo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:57:54 +0100
Subject: Hi.. atm card ..

Compliments of the day,

The sum of $10.2 million out of your over due Inheritance has been approved for payment through
ATM Card system after all attempts to pay you through bank, diplomatic and courier failed. The
approved sum has been programmed into ATM Card and will be dispatched to your address. This is
to avoid the bureaucratic procedures that had hitherto stalled your payment process.

We made several attempts to contact you and this is the 3rd and perhaps the last email to you in
respect of this matter. We received a power of attorney from one JACK WONG from USA, asking us to
Change the beneficiary to him stating that you have been sentenced to life imprisonment hence we
are seeking for your confirmation. He has also submitted his account for us to transfer the funds
to him. Mr. Jack Wong account co-ordinate is as stated below:-

Bank: Bank of America
1121 N 205th St, Shoreline, NY 98133.
Bank routing number: 125000024.
Bank account number: 7319678806.
Account Holders name: Jack Wong

We want to hear from you to confirm if his claim of you being imprisoned is true or not. You have to
provide your personal information’s stated below to enable them process and transfer your contract
funds successfully to you.

YOUR ADDRESS__________
YOUR AGE.____________
PRIVATE E-MAIL:________________________

Kindly forward your information to this email: and I will furnish you detailed
information on this scheme. I will also send you scanned copy of the ATM Card.

Yours respectfully

Mr. Olumide Adebayo

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