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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Peter Alexandra" <MrPeterAlexandra303@outlook.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:36:01 +0000
It was resolved and agreed last week at the federal executive council
meeting that your inheritance fund would be release to you on a
special method of
payment Tag name read swift credit card This card center will
send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your fund in an ATM
MACHINE in any part of the world, the maximum you can withdraw is
($10,000.00-$20,000.00) Thousand Us Dollars per transaction until you make
the whole withdrawal.
This card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw
your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is
($10,000.00-$20,000.00) Thousand Us Dollars per transaction.
Secondly, you are hereby advice 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.After the board meeting held at our
headquarters, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and
as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD
PAYMENT CENTER in Europe, America,Africa and Asia Pacific.
The machine will also include a display screen, function buttons (usually
placed near the screen and covering the functions of saying "yes," "no,"
and "cancel"), a printer and a cash drawer. Depending on the ATM, it may
also provide envelopes for deposits and security cameras.
The ATM card is a little less dangerous if you lose it, since nobody can
use it to drain your account without your PIN (personal identification
number). Also, most banks limit the amount of cash that can be withdrawn
every day on an ATM card
(1) Your Full Name
(2)Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD.
(3) Phone And Fax Number.
We shall be expecting to receive your information you have to stop any
further communication with anybody or office apart from this 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.Get
back to me as soon as possible For more details, please reply me
through my alternative email (firstname.lastname@example.org)for
Thanks for your co-operation.
Mr. Peter Alexandra,