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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: Citi bank United Arab Emirates
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 20:38:43 -0400
Subject: Greetings From Citi bank UAE Dubai Regards your ATM CARD ,

Greetings From Citi bank UAE Dubai Regards your ATM CARD ,

Attention Beneficiary,

Your total funds which is $4.5 million dollars will be delivered to your
address through ATM Card Delivery Via the United Courier Express
Company.Your ATM Card has been deposited; So kindly update The Managing
Director of Citi bank United Arab Emirates Dubai Email; with;

1. Your Name which you prefer we use when shipping your ATM Card
2. Your Current mailing (Delivery) Address where your ATM Card should be
3. Your Private Mobile Number for the Priority Express Mail to Contact
you when they arrive at your door step.
4. And also your nearest airport the delivery Agent will land to avoid
making a wrong delivery

Looking forward for your immediate respond to enable us proceed ASAP

Reply this email with the below contact details.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Rashid Khalifa

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