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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 10:06:38 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: YOUR ATM DEBIT CARD PAYMENT Valued: US$5.300, 000. 00

From the Desk of Rev Eric AndersonDirector ATM CARD Department ofUnited Bank for Africa (UBA)Tel: +234-806-522-3257reply to
Meanwhile, This is a true compensation Approved from the World Bank President Mrs Ngozi Okonje Iwuala to compensate you due to maybe you has been scam before and again you may be victim of scam by wrong people who paraded them selves on what they are not so because of this, the World Bank approved our Bank to process ATM MASTER CARD with valid cash of usd$5.3,000.000.00 million on your favor in order to compensate you so that if you have been scammed before this is a compensation and you will be making your withdrawals from the ATM MASTER CARD as you will be allowed in making withdrawals minimum of usd$20,000 (Twenty Thousand usd$) per a day or every 24hrs from any ATM MACHINE around you.Meanwhile, a woman came to my office this morning with an application for transfer of the fund into her account on your behalf, claiming to be your representative.Here are the information’s she submitted for the transfer of your fund Name MRS. DORIS MORISON. Bank name: WACHOVIA BANK, New-York. Account number: 6503809428.Please, do re-confirm to this office as a matter of urgency if this woman is truly from you as this office will not be held responsible for paying your fund into wrong account.Your ATM MASTER CARD will be deliver to your address through courier delivery services within 3 days.BELOW ARE YOUR ATM CARD DATA :AMOUNT CREDIT : USD$5.3,000.000.00 MILLIONYOUR ATM CARD ACCOUNT # : 4033052100311896CARD LIMIT PER A DAY : USD$20,000EXPIRING DATE : 12/08/2017PIN CODE # : 7501You are required to send me your full details such as :Your full nameYour full contact AddressYour Telephone/mobile number.Your age sex and current occupation Attach copy of your IdentificationOnce you send these above information your ATM MASTER CARD will be process and deliver to your Address and you can as well move down to any nearest ATM PAYING MACHINE and apply your pin code # : 7501 to make your withdrawals without any delay.May the blessing of the almighty God be with you. We look forward to hear from you urgently.Yours SincerelyRev. Eric AndersonDirector ATM Card Department ofUnited Bank for Africa (UBA)

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