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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: "DOUGLAS RICHARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:17:58 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam,
Re: Delivery of Your ATM (VISA) Card.
Be informed that after the investigations into some irregular payments by the bank, the Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria in conjunction with the Apex Bank, has formalized arrangements to commence the payment of your outstanding payment of US$20.5M to you through this esteem bank.
Department of Treasury Direct is here to release your foreign outstanding payment, Inheritance and Contract fund with immediate effect. With this exclusive Vide Transaction No: WHA/NIG/2018 and Transfer Allocation No: ICBPLC/X44/701LN/UBA/0X6, Password: 339001, Pin Code: 78789, Certificate of Merit No: 113.
This is to inform you that Department of Treasury Direct Account and United Nation has given us instruction to release your outstanding payment through ATM Master Card. Now your ATM Master Card is here and ready to deliver to your home address immediately you provide your information listed below.
1) Your Full Name…………….
2) Your Mobile Number and Fax……….
3) Your Home address………………
4) Your age and Occupation………
The receipt of the above-listed requirements by our Debit Card Unit assures safe delivery of your loaded ATM card to your destination within 48hrs.
Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Douglas Richard,

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