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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: "Roman Wexber" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:36:13 +0100
Subject: Automated Teller Machine ( ATM ) VISA Card

From the Desk of Mr. David Dickson
Director, Remittance Department,

For Your Attention,


This is to officially inform you that an Inter-Switch Automated Teller Machine ( ATM ) VISA Card with total sum of US$1,900,000.00 ( One Million, Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ) has been issued in your favour as the next of kin to Smith who passed away in March 2017. As the mentioned next of kin in our record, your Personal Identification Number is ATM-42990100030015. The Visa Card has a daily withdrawal limit of US$5,000.00 per Day. Instruction was given and We were directed by the management through the Ministry of Finance, AUDITS, United Nations (UN) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to release the fund US$1,900,000.00 ( One Million, Nine Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ) through International ATM-PREPAID VISA CARD and deliver to you, which you can use in any cash point, shopping mall or any bank around you. You can make withdrawal from this International ATM VISA Card from any ATM MACHINE location nearest to you or in any part of the world.

Be informed that the PREPAID VISA CARD has been upgraded and processed by us CITIBANK. The password of the CARD will be forwarded to you via our Security courier Express to your door step and NOT by any other Courier Services for security purpose.

You are advised to reconfirm your full contact details to enable us process/ship the VISA CARD containing the fund to you by a Security courier Express Service which will be dispatched within 48 hrs.

Forward immediately the following for our necessary action:

Your Full Names/Occupation
Your Physical Contact, Home or Office address for Delivery.
Your Direct Telephone Number and a Copy of your Valid ID CARD.

Looking forward to receiving your prompt response.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. David Dickson
Director, Remittance Department,

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