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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: "His Lordship Joe Frank" <>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2020 02:58:39 +0100
Subject: Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit Card

Notification of payment by ATM Master Credit CardWe hereby officially notifying you about the present arrangement to pay you, your over due Winning Prize/inheritance fund which you couldn't complete the process of the released of your transfer pin code through the Digitized Payment System. We have decided to pay your funds through (ATM Master Express Credit Card) This arrangement was initiated/constituted by the World Bank, United Nation and Paris Club, due to fraudulent activities going on within the world.The World Bank, United Nations and Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our Contract ,Winning Prize,inheritance beneficiary to receive their fund without any interference. the ATM Master Express Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.The ATM MASTER EXPRESS CARD is credited with the sum of$5,500.000.00 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars), it is already loaded in the Master Card which you can use to access your fund in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and remember that the maximum withdrawal daily limit is Ten Thousand United States Dollars(US$10,000.00)we have concluded delivery arrangement with the below courier services companies and their delivery time is stated below.UPS=48hrs/$105FEDEx=72hrs/$185DHL=4days/$130DESCRIPTION OF PARCEL:ATM card/original certificate of weight :—–0.20kgBonded draft of weight :——————0.17kgTotal weight of parcel :——————–0.37kgColor of Parcel :—————————-Dark BrownLength of days :——————————24hoursDelivery Type:——————————-Premium ServiceDelivery Status:——————————Virtual PendingCustomer Number:————————–FRAl45771001Your parcel contains the following documents:Contact the ATM CARD DepartmentMr. Richard WilsonEmail to contact:( provide me with the below details in your response to their mail and let me know which courier company you would want us to use for the shipment of your ATM Card to you.1. Full Names: 2. Valid Delivery Address:3. Phone Number:4. Occupation: 5. Age:6. Sex:Here is one of our customer that received his Credit Card few months ago here is tracking numberHis Name is John EdwardsWebsite: Track Express Shipments (8010820016)HERE IS CARD INFO1. Credit Card Number: 45653421048214272. Pin Code: (keep it secret for reason)3. CCV Pin: 153Understand that you will be liable for the delivery fee of your ATM Master Express Card to you with any of the above courier company.CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE.Best RegardsHis Lordship Joe FrankDirector Foreign Remittance

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