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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: "Mrs.Glory Young Kennedy" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:25:54 -0800

Atm Card Payment!

This is official message from the CITIBANK OF Miami Florida united
states of America to inform you that we have verified your contract
file and found out why you have not received your fund is because you
have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your
fund.secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with
the none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure the release
of the fund to you. we wish to advice you that such an illegal act
like this have to stop if you wishes to receive your fund.

We have decided to bring a solution to your problem, right now we have
arranged your payment through our swift card payment center, this
card center will send you an atm card which you will use to withdraw
your money in any atm machine in any part of the world, but the
maximum is one thousand five hundred dollars per day, so if you like
to receive your fund this way please let us know and also send the
following information.

1) your full name (2) your phone and fax number (3) address were you
want us to send the atm card and your nearest airport, also indicate
if you wish to receive payment either by wire transfer to your account
or by the atm card.the atm card payment center has been mandated to
issue out {us$21.3million u.s dollars} as part payment for this year
2017. also for your information you have to stop any further
communication with any other person(s) or office (s). this is to avoid
any hitches in finalizing the release of the fund to back as
soon as you receive this important message for further direction in
this regards and also please Contact Mr. Denis Williams
Telephone; +1925-231-8472 on any development.

Mrs Gloria Young
Director of operations

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