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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.David Martins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:29:57 -0800
Subject: Re: ATM Card Fund Notification.

Re: ATM Card Fund Notification.
We have received an instruction from the office of the presidency, the
federal ministry of finance (IMF), and the senate committee on foreign
payments (SCUFF), to pay you your contract/inheritance fund from our
bank.This is to notify you that your fund have been programmed in an ATM
electronic card for immediate delivery to you upon reconfirming your
physical mailing address as all arrangements had been finalized and to be
released to you as the legitimate beneficiary of the fund, via global ATM
You are advice to contact our affiliate ATM UNIT CENTER with the information
below.(ATM Master Card Number 4000101025717299) has been accredited in your
favor. Your Personal Identification Number is 1307. The ATM Card Value is
$2, 700, 000.00 (Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars)the maximum you can withdraw in a day is $4000.00 (Four Thousand
United State Dollars) you are therefore advice to contact the ATM CARD UNIT
CENT-RE DEPARTMENT. Bellow is the contact detail for you to contact ATM UNIT
CENT-RE for your ATM CARD.
Contact Person
Dr.Donald Walker
Here is the information they may need to send the ATM CARD to you.
FULL NAME....................
DELIVERY ADDRESS........ .....
SEX............. .............
Yours truly,
Mr.David Martins

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