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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: "Dr. Jamal Isah" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Jamal Isah" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 21:50:45 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATM Card Beneficiary

Attn:Dear Sir/Ma,

I write to inform you that your United Nations Compensation fund of US$10.7 Million Dollars which the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon approved to be paid to all those who have lost some money as a result of scam on the internet of which your name is included, has been programmed into an ATM Card and is ready for delivery via FedEx Courier Services to your doorstep right now.

You are entitled to withdraw US$1,500.00 dollars daily from this card and our card is inter switched meaning that you can use it on any ATM Machine any where in the world.

Kindly forward your full names, telephone number and complete receiving home address so that we can dispatch it to you immediately you pay for the courier delivery charge of US$265 dollars only.

Please note that this delivery charge of US$265 dollars is all that you need to make to enable the dispatch of this Card via FedEx Courier Company to your home address within the next 3 days.

Kindly treat this message as very urgent.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Jamal Isah.
Direct Telephone Line:+234-8118085956,
Mobile Telephone:+234-706468448

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