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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: "Dr. jemis troff" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. jemis troff" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 06:00:47 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

We the members of financial accounting are very pleased to inform you that
(ATM Card Number:4278763100030014 ) and the Security pin has been credited
in your favor, your personal Identification Number is 822 which you have to
forawrd to our agent for identification. The ATM Card value is $15.8 MILLION

Kindly note that this is legit and any act like this is very appreciated and
will be well honored, You are advised to contact our UBA BANK for the
delivery of your ATM CARD to you.

Contact Person eze,
Email : (
Telephone Number:+229-68607462
Below are the vital information of yours needed for the delivery of your
CARD to you.

FULL NAME:...................
DELIVERY ADDRESS:.............
PHONE NUMBER:................

Below is your ATM CARD information.
ATM Card Number: (4278763100030014)
Security Pin Code : 7546
Withdrawal per day : $5,000

The only money you have to send to them is the delivery charge for the
delivery of your ATM CARD to you and note that you have to keep your ATM
CARD information secret to avoid diverting/stealing of your money because we
registered your ATM CARD as a parcel.
Yours faithfully,

Thank's and god bless you.
Bar.chi frank

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