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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: "Hsbc Bank Auditor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2019 10:38:35 +0100
Subject: Attn: Sir/Madam...About your Atm

Attn: Sir/Madam
Well, am contacting you once again concerning your ATM CARD worth cash of usd$2 million which had been delivered to your address quiet some months ago but the credited Bank have noticed you has not yet make any cash withdraws from the Atm account and this have raise concerns at the Bank office if you did not received your ATM CARD delieverd to your Address or has lost your ATM CARD so that another one can be issued to you to enable you withdraw the total cash as soon as possible.
Please this message should not be neglected otherwise your ATM CARD ACCOUNT will be close and terminated by the Bank officials.
Awaiting your quick response.
From :
Mr.Monday James.
Hsbc Bank,W.A.
Reply Here :

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