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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. Walker Financ" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <walkerfinanc090@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:51:04 +0100
Subject: INSTRUCTION TO DELIVER YOUR ATM CARD TO YOU

Attention: Beneficiary ,
 
With respect to the provision Section 17 of decree 114 of the 1999 constitution, I was directed by the managements of Untied Bank for African   the to inform you that your payment verification and confirmations is OK,
 
I write to inform you that we have finished up the process of your ATM VISA CARD, and every arrangements has perfectly concluded to effect your payment as soon as possible, so you don't have to send any more money for that because the delivery charges and other necessary document has been taking care by the Uba Bank authority as instructed,
 
However, it is our pleasure to inform you that  your ATM Card Number; (4848-4213-9362-6375 ) has been approved and upgraded in your favor. Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number is 6352. The ATM Card Value is $2.5 Million USD. You are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of US$5,000.00 is permitted daily. And we are duly inter-switched and you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM Center of your choice/nearest to you.
 
But before you will receive your ATM CARD we have to activate it, so that when you receive it you will start withdrawing your money, to activate the ATM CARD will cost you only $280.00 Only  and you will receive your CARD and start withdrawing your money, i will give you the information to send the money as soon as you request for the information OK.
 
Please reconfirm to us your home address  to avoid any wrong deliver such as:-
 
 
Your Full Receiverís name:_____________
Your Home address:_____________
Your Direct Phone Number::________________
Your Passport attached or your drive license:________________
 
Contact us immediately to below (walkerfinanc090@gmail.com) to receive your ATM VISA CARD worth $2.5 million Dollars, Remember that only payment you are required to send is only the activation fee $280.00 to activate your ATM VISA CARD with the pin code.
 
Sincerely
Mr.Walker financ
Managements of Untied Bank for African
 

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