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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: "Ms. Terri Bradson" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:58:03 -0400
Subject: Re: Contact For Your Payment


This email is to notify you about the release of your outstanding payment
which is truly $15.500.000.00 USD. The New Prime Minister ( UK) scheduled
a time frame to settle all foreign debts which includes
Contract/Inheritance/ Gambling/ Lottery(Sponsored by Microsoft and
National Lottery) and other international loans.News had it that over the
past,numerous individual (s) who happen to be impostors (claiming to be
individuals, banks and organizations) are claiming to release numerous
sums of fund via numerous ways.

With the help of the (OFAC)U.S Treasury Department's and with the FBI we
have noticed that people have being asked to pay outrageous amount of
money by these impostors for the transfer of their funds to them. We want
you to stop all communication that has to do with these fraudsters who
have been requesting unreasonable sums of money from you to release your
funds which they do not have access to.

We have received a mandate and instructions from the (OFAC)U.S Treasury
Department's to commence the immediate release of your funds through one
of the following payment options stated below depending on your choice:

1. Payment via Automatic Teller Machine (ATM card): This is where you will
be sent an Automatic Teller Machine card with Pin also known as ATM card
(A Master Card would be issued). Upon receipt of your custom ATM card you
will be allowed to withdraw $10,000 per day by default and you are given
the option to transfer funds from your ATM card to your bank account.

2. Certified Cashiers Check or Bank Draft: In this case you will be sent a
certified bank draft or check signed in your favor which you will deposit
in any bank for it to be cleared within 3 to 5 working days at most
depending on your bank.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from FedEx and
Firstflight Courier Express website to confirm people like you whom have
successfully received their payment safely.

Regarding the compensation i need you to track the below details and
confirm your self from the already delivered funds via ATM card and Check.

You are advised to select one out of the two options on how you wish to
receive your $15.500.000.00 USD, ATM card or Check/Bank Draft will be
shipped via Courier Shipping Company and would get to you within 2 working
days at most.

For international shipping as stated by our company We had to sign
contract with Courier for bulk shipping which makes the fees reduce from
the actual $320.99 to $250 nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort.

You are advised to contact the Department's Officer responsible for the
shipping of your Check or ATM card with the following information for
shipping of your payment Check or ATM card.

Department's Officer: Mr Brad Bowers
Email Address:
Tel:347-201-9782. (please Text Only)

And provide her with the following information:

Your full Name................
Your Address:................
Home/Cell Phone:.................

The Department's Officer Mr Brad Bowers will provide you with instructions
on how you are to make payment of the $250 only for the shipping of your
ATM card or Cashiers Check.

You are to adhere strictly to the instructions above for more information
contact the Department's Officer.

Remember that you are not paying any fees extra no matter what. Once again
note that the actual Courier Retail Price: $320.99 Your Price (Because of
our contract signed): is now $250.

Ms. Terri Bradson
U.S Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control
(OFAC)U.S Treasury Department's
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220

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