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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: ''Atm''<>
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:41:12 +0100

Dear fund beneficiary,


Based on series of petitions we received by from various organizations such as Cooperate Bodies and Non Governmental
Organization (NGO) on the Inability of some Government officials, Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization to settle
their clients Contract debt, Inheritance and Winning Prizes. We have been authorized by the Debt Reconciliation Unit of this
institution, to investigate the unnecessary delay on payment approved in your favor.

During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt
officials of the Bank who are trying to divert your funds into their personal accounts.After an extensive close door meeting yesterday, it was resolved
and agreed upon that Mr. Paul Nelson will work extensively to ensure that all contract payment, Inheritance and Lottery Winning Prizes
be settled without any hassle. For security reasons, your funds will be packaged in form of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD
and this will enable only you to have direct control over your funds. We will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by
previous bank officials.

An irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your
Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions; your complete Inheritance funds
have been credited in your favor through ATM CARD.You are therefore advice to contact:

Mr. Paul Nelson
Director ATM Payment Department
Email Address:

You are requested to contact him now for the delivery of your ATM Card. As soon as you establish a contact with him, an ATM
card will be issued to you immediately which you can use from any Bank ATM Machine in the world. So if you like to receive
your funds through this means, you are advised to contact (Mr. Paul Nelson) with the following information as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Telephone Numbers:

NOTE: You are advised to furnish Mr. Paul Nelson with your correct and valid details. Also be informed that the amount to
be paid to you is US$1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) we expect your urgent response to this email to enable
us monitor the payment effectively.


Mr. Patrick Davis.

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