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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.Thomaas Green" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:29:58 +0800
Subject: <p>RE: Your Swift ATM Credit Card $4.6,000,000.00 Million Dollars.</p>

<p>Dear Beneficiary,</p>

<p>RE: Your Swift ATM Credit Card $4.6,000,000.00 Million Dollars.</p>

<p>You Might Be Very Verse With The Swift Credit Card System Through The (A.T.M) Automated Teller Machine System That Allows Beneficiary Direct Access To Make Withdrawal Of Fund From Any International Banks In The World. The Federal Government Under The Ministry Of Finance With The World Bank And IMF(International Monitory Fund) Has Adopted This</p>

<p>Administrative Measure Owing To Various Complains/Petitions Received From Beneficiaries Owning To The Delays In Receiving Their Contract/Inheritance Fund As Expected. Please be informed that this is real and not a bogus card so be rest assured that the money will be cleared immediately a withdrawal is affected. I have made all the necessary</p>

<p>Arrangements to have card delivered to you at your nominated mailing address. All other documents such as your recommendation letter and certificate from the Economic Finance Unit confirming that these funds are fully free of any liens or encumbrances and are clean, clear and of non-criminal origin.</p>

<p>This ATM Card Contains Maximum Of $4.6 Million Dollars. And you have a daily withdrawal limit of $5,000 Dollars.For your information, you are to bear the cost of mailing the ATM to you, the ATM Card will be mailed via a World Delivery Service to ensure that card is delivered to you wherever you are anywhere in the world, However, before I proceed, I would like you to re- confirm the below details. The Receiving officer Mrs.Mr.Nicolas Brent will call you up immediately response is sent in.</p>

<p>1. Legal Full names:<br />
2. Telephone number:<br />
3. Delivery address:<br />
4. Occupation:<br />
5. Nearest Airport<br />
6. Country of Residence</p>

<p>Please Choose The Options, Together With Their Associated Shipping Cost Conditions Are Presented below and also you Are Required To Pay The Necessary Courier Charges To Enable us Send You Your Parcel to you at your doorstep.</p>

<p>1. FedEx Delivery Company Duration fee... 72 Hours....

<p>2. UPS Delivery Company Duration fee..... Next day....

<p>3. DHL Delivery Company Duration fee... 24 Hours.......Delivery...$350,</p>

Contact:Mr.Nicolas Brent<br />

<p>Thanks for Your Co-Operation.</p>

<p>Best Regards,<br />
Mr. Thomas Green.<br />
Remittance Manager<br />

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