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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 JOHNSON WILLIAMS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:09:28 -0800
Subject: RE: $10.5Million, ATM Master Card Payment

653 Gana Fasola Street, Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria,
                             RE:  $10.5Million, ATM Master Card Payment
Dear Fund Beneficiary,
I am MR JOHNSON WILLIAMS, the new director ATM Head of Operation UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA,I resumed to this office on the 5th of March 2017 and during my official research I discovered an abandoned ATM Master card valued sum of $10.5Million belonging to you as the rightfully intimate beneficiary.
I tried to know why this card has not been released to you but I was told by the UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA management that the former director ATM head of operation who left this office four months ago withhold your card for his own personal use without knowing that his evil plans towards diverting your fund will be discovered.
Now that your ATM Master card is still available and ready for your receiving, therefore you have to come down here to our bank to pick up your card direct from my office or alternatively it can be arranged and shipped to your address through any registered reliable courier service company that is attached to our bank and also which  you will take care of the courier charge only, hope it is cleared and accepted by you?
I don't know the courier cost of shipping the card to you but if you permit me and accept the terms, then I can make an inquiry from the courier shipping company to find out the cost, but in that case you will be required to forward to me your address where you want to receive the card to enable me find out the shipping cost to your location.
Your direct telephone number and address will be needed and more details of your ATM card payment will be made known to you as soon as I receive your swift positive response.
Do not hesitate to call me on (+234)7059958315 as soon as you read this mail.
Thanks for your co-operation and i wait for your kind positive respond.
Yours Faithfully,
Director ATM Department

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