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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: "Citibank Groups" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 13:24:34 +0700
Subject: Payment Via Atm Master Card.

Citibank Groups Nigeria
Address: 27 Kofo Abayomi Street
Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria.
Swift: CITNG28X82

Attention: Sir / Madam

This is to Inform you That ATM Card Number: (4256763100660016) worth US$6.5 Million has been accredited to your favor, you
advise are to contact Mr. Collins Udodi on ( with the following information below.

1. Your Full Names.
2. Your Phone and Mobile Number.
3. Your Delivery address where you want the ATM Card to be sent to.
4. Your Age and Sex.
5. Your Occupation.
6. Your Next of Kin.

Mr. Benard Dumebi
Customer Unit
Citibank Groups Nigeria

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