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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: "FROM GRANT PAYMENT OFFICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:08:39 +0530

It has been brought to our notice that you have not been paid your long overdue grant payment because you have been dealing with the wrong people claiming to have your fund, they use that method to rip you off your hard earned money at the end they will not send you your ATM MasterCard because they are not the right person to contact. We have arranged your payment through International ATM Card Payment Center.
One Mrs. Brenda Miller came forward for the fund, that, you asked her to claim the fund on  your behalf with documentary evidence which we are not sure of it source. She added that you are dead, that you told her this before you died. This was why we decided to contact you to confirm to us if you really sent Mrs. Brenda Miller.
She said, you instruct her that she should claim your ATM MasterCard on your behalf. I will advise that you change your email password, because your email is be used to write to us, but because of the name on the ATM MasterCard, we have to re-confirm.
Beneficiary name: Brenda Miller
Address:     545 Twelfth St, Paso Robles, California 93448.
Most importantly, re-confirm to us urgently if you gave permission to Mrs. Brenda Miller to claim the fund on your behalf and if in case you did not authorize anybody, then, you will have to stop communicating with the   impersonators and the organizations, because they are trying to divert your fund to themselves. She tries, so hard to change the fund ownership to her name
The Payment Center department will send your ATM Card valued sum of ($8, 500, 00.00 Million United States Dollars). Which you are to use in accessing your fund in any ATM MACHINE located anywhere in the world, and the maximum withdrawal daily limit is US$5000.00. So kindly contact the Payment Center with the below information, Most importantly you are advised to send your full data to him, which includes:
Contact Name: Mr. Johnson Weber
Tel: Text Only 1-502-385-5663
Full Name:
Current Residential Address.......
Direct Phone Number.......
All have to do now is contact Mr. Johnson Weber so that he will send you with the two delivery options to enable you choose from the options you prefer and the one you can afford.
Thanks for your co-operation.
Best Regards,
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider we (Grant Payment) urge you to treat it genuinely and kindly move it to your inbox.

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