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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 Davis Mark" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:18:17 +0200
Subject: Contact Mr Stephen Wood For Your ATM Master Card Delivery

Contact Mr Stephen Wood For Your ATM Master Card Delivery
E-mail: (
Phone Number:+1 (786) 322-2417.

This is to notify you that after the Federal Executive Council meeting
held on July 19th 2016, the boards of UBA Bank International (Foreign Debt
Management) in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Finance have approved
payment of $4.5 Million compensation in your favor through ATM Debit,
automated teller machine card which allows daily withdrawal limit of
$7,000.00. This means you can ONLY withdraw $7,000.00 per day at any ATM
cash point worldwide. You are therefore required to reconfirm

the following details to enable us proceed with your ATM Card delivery:

1. Your full Name.
2. Your full mailing address.
3. Your contact telephone
4. Your age and occupation status.
5. Scan copy of your identity card.

As soon as we receive your response, further details on the delivery of
your ATM card will be communicated to you. Please understand that these
matter is an urgent one so as a matter of urgency i urge you to get back
to me as soon as you can so that we can finalize this transaction once and
for all.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best Regards,

Dr Davis Mark

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