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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: Foreign Payment Office USA <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 07:22:41 -0800
Subject: Your ATM Card Payment is Ready

United Nations
Foreign Payment Office USA.
New York, N.Y

Compliment of the day.

This is to inform you that your payment has been approved by United Nations and will be released through ATM CARD payment and will be delivered to your
address through special delivery means.

Due to delay and unnecessary charges by the government officials, this new arrangement has to be made to ensure that you receive your payment
immediately through ATM Card without any further delay. The amount in the ATM Card is $1,750,000. (One Million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand U.S
Dollars Only) and this fund originated from United Nations inconjuction with United States of America.

Send your full details to enable delivery of your ATM Card payment.



Mobile Number____



Next of Kin___

Alternative Email___

Awaiting your reply.

Dr. James Franklin


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If you are not the addressee you may not copy, forward, disclose or use any part of it.
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