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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. Mansur Muhtar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <wg7575264@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 22:43:59 -0700
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT VIA ATM CARD,,

Dear Beneficiary,
 
 
YOUR PAYMENT VIA ATM CARD 2018
 
 
This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract payment. Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment immediately.
 
 
After the Board of director's meeting held in Abuja, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem. We have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific; this is part of the mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling. And also the  Nigerian Government is using this mean to reward all the citizens of the United states and all part of Europe including Asia, Australia, South America, Canada, Antarctica e.t.c and all those who have lost their funds in either scam, or an uncompleted business. Your ATM card has been credited with US$5,000,000.00 before it is been sent to you direct to your doorstep through the FedEx courier service, you will have to contact the FedEx shipping courier representative whose name is Mr. David Andersen with below information.
 
 
Name: Mr. Alex James (FedEx Regional Dispatch Manager)
Email Address: mr.alexjamess@gmail.com
 
 
He will send you your ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money via ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, and the maximum daily limit is Fifteen Thousand United States dollars ($15,000.00). And also note that the Nigerian Government has taken care of the shipping fee of your ATM card, When you receive your ATM card, you have to inform me so that we can give you process on how to activate and make use of your ATM CARD.
 
 
Contact Mr. Alex James with the following informationís below.
 
 
(1) Your Full Name
(2) Full residential address
(3) Phone and Fax Number
(4) Occupation.
(5) Personal Identification. Driverís license or International Passport.
(7) Age
(8) Marital Status
(9) Sex
 
 
This message is supported by the Nigerian Government.
 
 
Thanks for your co-operation.
 
 
Respectively
 
 
Dr. Mansur Muhtar
Federal Ministry of Finance

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