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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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Fraud email example:

From: "F.D" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:58:33 +0200
Subject: Contact

Attn: Complaint,We have contacted the Federal Ministry of Finance on your Behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total (11,000,000.00) Eleven Million Dollars in an atm card which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER anywhere in the world with a maximum of 10000 Dollars daily. You now have the lawful right to claim your fund in an atm card. Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the American Citizens, European Citizens, Asian Citizen. All I want you to do is to contact the atm card CENTER Via email or call the office telephone number one of the Consultant will assist you for their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $2200 Dollars only and note that your Approval Slip which contain details of the agent who will process your transaction.
NAME: Mrs. James  Jacobs
Office Telephone Numbers: +27 782-090-910
Do contact James  Jacobs of the atm card center with your details:
Full name// Address// Age// Telephone// Occupation// Your Country//Bank Name//
So your files would be updated after which she will send the payment information which you'll use in making the payment of $2200 Dollars via Bank to Bank transfer or Money Gram Money Transfer for the procurement of your Approval Slip after which the Delivery of your atm card will be affected to your designated home Address without any further delay and the bank will transfer your funds in total (11,000,000.00) Eleven Million Dollars to your Bank account.  James Jacobs will reply you with the secret code (1600 atm card). We advice you get back to the payment office after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you. 
Thank You
Support Team

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