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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: "Mrs. cannon Nancy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 03:03:30 -0800
Subject: Attention for you outstanding payment!!!!!

Attention for you outstanding payment
How are you doing hoping all is well  with you and your family? We know you might have forgotten about this your outstanding compensation payment due to delay on the delivery up till now. We are here by writing to inform you that your payment file was found in our Office and we discovered that your Compensation payment worth sum of one hundred twenty million United States Dollars {$120,000,000.00} have not been sent to you as it was instructed by The Economic Community of West African States(ECO-WAS) We are here to inform you that your payment has been converted into ATM Visa/Master Card to free it from Confiscating, and all necessary arrangement your ATM VISA/MASTER CARD Payment worth of {$120,000,000.00} has been granted for your payment through Our ATM Card Department Center.
Now Your ATM Visa/Master Card is well packaged with every legal document to convey it not having any problem with anybody therefore we are here by inviting you to our office here in Benin, Office Address, United Bank for Africa, Cotonou Jean Paul 1BP 325,Benin Republic, to enable us complete the normal formalities and activation process of your ATM Visa Card and issue the Secret PIN CODE/NUMBER to enable you start using it at any ATM MACHINE worldwide of your  choice nearest to you, as soon as it is activated, But if you are unable to come down here in our office in person you will be required to update our ATM Department Center with your contact delivery details as stated below so that they will precede with the necessary arrangement for the delivery your ATM VISA/MASTER CARD.
Your Full Name==========
Cell Phone Number=======
Your Company names======
Whats-app number======
Current Home Address====
Officail email==========
Fax Number==============
Nearest Airport ========
Next Of Kin Name========
Next Email Address======
ANNUAL INCOME===========
Meanwhile you should contact OUR ATM CARD PAYMENT DEPARTMENT CENTER immediately on their below;
Contact Person: Tony Elumelu
Tel phone: +229 66-44-66-52
Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa
Try to call him immediately to know when your ATM VISA/MASTER CARD will be delivered to you.
I am waiting for your update as soon as you have received your Visa/Master ATM Card.
Thanks and God Bless You.
Yours sincerely
Mrs. cannon Nancy.
Cathay Life Insurance (Vietnam) Co. Ltd (Cathay Life Insurance Vietnam) is a company, which established pursuant to the laws of Vietnam. This message, including any attachments is confidential and is solely for informational purpose. Opinions in this communication constitute the current judgment of the author as of the date and time of this e-mail. All data or other information contained herein is not warranted to be complete and accurate and are subject to change without notice. The content of this e-mail does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Cathay Life Insurance Vietnam, and Cathay Life Insurance Vietnam is not under any obligation to update or keep current any information contained in this e-mail. The information contained in this e-mail is intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s) and may contain confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and delete this message entirely without using, retaining, or disclosing any of its contents. Any disclosure, copying or distribution of this message without the sender’s consent is strictly prohibited. Internet communications cannot be guaranteed to be virus-free or errors may occur in electronically transmitted materials. The recipient is responsible for ensuring that this communication is virus free and Cathay Life Insurance Vietnam accepts no liability for any damages caused by virus transmitted by this communication or any such errors above.

Công ty TNHH Bảo hiểm nhân thọ Cathay Việt Nam (BHNT Cathay Việt Nam), một công ty được thành lập theo pháp luật Việt Nam. Email này, bao gồm cả những tập tin đính kèm là thông tin bảo mật và chỉ sử dụng cho mục đích thông tin. Những nội dung trong email này là ý kiến của người gửi tại thời điểm gửi email. Mọi dữ liệu hay thông tin khác trong email này đều không được đảm bảo là hoàn chỉnh, chính xác và có thể thay đổi mà không cần phải báo trước. Nội dung trong email này không nhất thiết phản ánh ý kiến của BHNT Cathay Việt Nam và BHNT Cathay Việt Nam không có nghĩa vụ trong việc cập nhật hoặc giữ nguyên nội dung được thể hiện trong email này. Những thông tin trong email này được gửi cho người nhận được chỉ định và có thể chứa đựng các thông tin bảo mật. Nếu bạn không phải là người nhận được chỉ định, vui lòng không sử dụng, sao lưu hay tiết lộ bất cứ nội dung nào trong email này mà hãy liên hệ với người gửi và xóa bỏ email. Mọi hành vi tiết lộ thông tin, sao chép hoặc chuyển tiếp email này không có sự cho phép của người gửi đều bị nghiêm cấm. Thông tin qua mạng có thể nhiễm virus hoặc phát sinh sai sót trong quá trình truyền tải, người nhận phải tự kiểm tra tình trạng virus của email và BHNT Cathay Việt Nam sẽ không chịu trách nhiệm về bất cứ thiệt hại nào gây ra bởi virus hoặc sai sót trong quá trình truyền tải.

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