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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: Richard Albert <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:51:21 -0800

Please note the requested info below.

Richard Albert
Director Inter-switch Unit ATM ISSUANCE.

This is to officially inform you that we have verified you contract/inheritance file presently on my desk,and I found out that you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations given to you in respect to your contract/inheritance payment.
Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment immediately.
Following the recent board meeting held at our headquarters, We have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT. Our card center will send you an ATM CARD which will enable you to withdraw your money from an ATM in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($3,000) Three Thousand Us Dollars per transaction. So if you like to receive your fund this way.
Track and confirm your package at your tracking number is: 800277347645. After tracking, provide the delivery details as below to


(1) Your Full Name:

(2) Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD:

(3) Phone And Fax Number:

(4) Your Next of Kin:

(5) Occupation:

(6) scanned copy of any of your valid i.d card or passport.

We shall be expecting to receive your information and you have stop any further communication with anybody or office. On this regards, do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any new development.
You are only to pay $98 USD for insurance fee to allow the package get to

Thanks for your co-operation.

Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of conduct, which is (105) so you have to indicate this code when contacting this office.

Best Regards
Richard Albert.
Tel; (302) 219-0040

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