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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: wilson kane <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:53:17 +0100

This is to inform you that your ATM CARD of $7.5 Million USA Dollars we st=
op is now ready to delivering to your home address, you are to pay $299 for=
Custom stamp and clearance certificate. Attach is your copy of your ATM ca=
rd package
Note, you have only 24 hours to pay the fee or your fund will be transfer =
to Government Treasure as on unclaimed fund. Get Back to us as soon as you =
receive this mail for urgent proceeding.
Don't forget to reconfirm your full information to avoid wrng delivery suc=
h as
1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You want us to Send Your ATM Card
3. Cell/Mobile Number:
4. Your ID
We advice you to stop all the communications with everyone regarding your =
payment as we have short listed to deliver to you and now urge you to compl=
y and receive your ATM Card funds.
Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions while I wait to h=
ear from you today.
Yours in Services
Officer in duty
Call Me 404-537-6650

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