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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: "Hon.Roger Nkodo Dang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 02:15:23 -0700
Subject: Your Inter-Switch ATM VISA Card Ready

From The Desk Of Hon.Roger Nkodo Dang
President of the Pan-African Parliament
The African Court of Justice


I am Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, the President of the Pan-African Parliament constituted by African Court of Justice. I write to inform you that your US$5.5M compensation payment file was forwarded to my office as agreement reached between Nigeria Government, African Union Compensation Commissioner(AUCC), United Nations (UN) and (IMF) .

As the Head of the Pan-African Parliament. we are here to enforce any approval/order by The African Court of Justice. After our deliberation with Nigeria government, UN and IMF, and constant complain from International Community regarding unpaid beneficiaries payment funds from Africa, more especially Nigeria. we have therefore, instructed the Nigerian paying bank to credit in your favour "an Inter-Switch ATM VISA Card valued US$5,500,000.00 funds.

Your Personal Identification Number of the VISA CARD are ATM-6678763556037435.The ATM Card has a daily withdrawal limit of US$7,000.00 per Day.

You are advised to contact our payment representative in Nigeria, Dr.Patrick Orkar for onward sending of your ATM VISA CARD to your home address,which you can use in any nearby cash point,shopping mall or any bank ATM machine around you.You can make withdrawal of money from your International ATM VISA Card from any ATM MACHINE location or center of your choice/nearest to you,or in any part of the world.

Contact him immediately for your ATM VISA CARD payment instrument, and forward the following information to him.

Contact Person: DR.ORKAR PATRICK.
E-mail address :

1).Your Full Name:
2)Your Contact Address:
3).Your Cell-phone Number:
4).Your Occupation:
5).A scan copy of your international passport or Drivers license.

Waiting for your urgent response

Yours Faithfully,
Hon.Roger Nkodo Dang

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