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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: mark john <"www.">
Reply-To: mark john <>
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 01:52:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings to you My friend

Greetings to you My friend

I wish to let you know what i found your atm card with your name and email address
Upon my assumption of office, this is an Atm Card which was made ready for your fund
Compensation worth $ 17 Million during the past government but was unable to go through to you
Due to bad governance.

I would want you to receive your Atm Visa Card as soon as possible
Because it only has 1 year life span due the excess delay in delivery of the card to you.

Kindly provide the following personal details to me for the profiling and delivery of your Atm Card
To your address within the given space of 3 working days.

(1) Your full name:
(2) House Address:
(3) Phone number:

Awaiting your soonest response.


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