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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: "Visa Lottery" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:39:30 -0400
Subject: !!!Congratulations Your Email Address has Won!!!!!

VISA Cardฎ / Mega Jackpot
VISA Cardฎ Office: 510 South Dillard Street, Durham, NC 27701,
                               United StatesOf American.
TICKET NUMBER: 08 16 20 24 25 40
AMOUNT WON: $1,000,000.00.
Date:29th September  2016
Dear Winner,
This email address has brought you an unexpected luck, we know this may be a surprise to you because you where not informed about this Promo. Please read through this message. Your e-mail address was selected and confirmed by our co-sponsor Microsoft International VISA Cardฎ Credit Card Jackpot 2016,through their latest internet software. You are therefore been approved by VISA Cardฎ / VISA Card International to receive $1,000,000.00 in credit card to be delivered to you at your house address.
Equivalent to $480,000,000 US Dollars (Four Hundred And Eight Million US Dollars). In cash, Credited to Visa Card No. 4373 5800 0008 2422and With Reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178 which have been Verified on the user of this E-mail Address Account. You are the ninth (9th) lucky winner of the total winners of 60 Take Note.
You all won $1,000,000.00USD each. Be informed that your prize (Visa Card No 4373 5800 0008 2422) has been insured/Debited with the sum won and ready for pay out and delivery to your house address. Which you will be withdrawal from any ATM point In your country.
Furthermore your details (e-mail address) falls within our REGIONAL representative office as indicated in your play coupon and your Credit Card prize of ($1,000,000.00) will be released to you from this regional branch in Africa. Be informed that your winning Credit Card (Visa Card No. 4373 5800 0008 2422) has been insured and ready for delivery to your house address by the regional issuing crediting bank (GTB BANK PLC) ready to program in your name .Contact your claims administrator for further instructions and delivery-Visa Cardฎ.
VISA Cardฎ Claims Administrator Region
Again for your information, all the 10 participants were selected through the Microsoft computer ballot system (MCBS) drawn from each continent and from each ISP, by the most powerful Microsoft Software Incorporation, as part of our International "E-MAIL" Promotions/Advert Program, to promote the use of Visa Card's and the use of Microsoft Offices all over the World. Furthermore, to promote the use of online payments, for the settlement of debts (taxes) and payment of bills reduce of poverty.
Your funds $1,000,000.00 One Million Us Dollars has been lodge in this Visa Card No. (4373 5800 0008 2422) on behalf of your E-mail Account, insured  and ready for delivery. All you have to do is provide the necessary information to process your Visa Card Certificate and to upgrade our upcoming WEBSITE. Please note that they are imposter's (Scammers) who pretend to be us, so be careful and report to me any case of double information you receive from someone else.
Do email the above Claims Administrator, at once with all the claims requirements below. To avoid  unnecessary delay. They are needed to proceed.
Claims Requirements:
1. Full Name:……………………
2. Nationality:…………………….
3. Age:…………………………
4. Occupation:………………………….
5.Home address:………………….
6. Mobile Phone:………………………….
8.Visa Card No.:4373 5800 0008 2422
To view out 2015 past lucky winner click:
Contact the Claims Administrator with all your claims requirements well filled. Your claims Administrator will give you all the guide lines on how to process your claims. Your claims administrator has the due right to disqualify you for misconduct; you are to keep your winning private until delivery. Any mail received of such should be reported to the claims Administrator above. This will help fight scam.
Mr. Charles W. Scharf
{CEO of  Visa Inc}
VISA Cardฎ / Microsoftฎ Mega Jackpot.

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