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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: "Mr. Mark John" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 02:18:44 +0100
Subject: RE:Attention: to Your payment

Attention: to Your payment

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your Compensation payment
of $1.2 million (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars) from
Central Bank of West Africa States has been approved for onward
released to you via Visa ATM card which you will use to withdraw all
the $1.2 million in any ATM machine any part of the world but the
maximum you can withdraw in a day is $5,500 Only. We have mandated
United Bank for Africa to send you the ATM Card and PIN CODE which you
will use to withdraw all your $1.2 Million in any ATM machine in any
part of the world,

You are hereby advice to contact the Head of ATM Card Department of
United Bank for Africa as follows: E-mail address: ( ) Contact person is Rev. James Edward,
inform him that you received a message from the office of the Senate
instructing him to send you the ATM CARD and PIN CODE which you will
use to withdraw your $1.2 million in any ATM machine in any part of
the world. Also send him your direct phone numbers and contact address
where you want him to send the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you, but you
have to pay the processing fees $175 for the claims your ATM card as
the non resident Tax clearance charges.

Thanks for hearing to this instruction and once again accept our

Best regards,

Mr. Mark John.
Compensation Agency.

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