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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: "Mr. Mark Hills" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2019 18:23:38 -0700

Attention: Dear

We the members of financial accounting are very pleased to inform you that (ATM Card Number:5101 2801 2345 6789 ) and the
Security pin has been credited in your favor, your personal Identification Number is 822 which you have to forward to our
agent for identification. The ATM Card value is $10,500,000,00 I want to inform you that the charge demanded by the ATM
Department to download the funds($10,500,000,00) into the ATM card and ship it to your home address which is bringing delay
to the delivering of the card to you since has now been raised and paid to Reserve BANK.
What you have to do now is to contact the QUICK POST COURIER as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your
package to you because of the expiring date.For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium
and Clearance Certificate Fee of the ATM CARD showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in
your Country.

The only money you will send to the QUICK POST COURIER to deliver your ATM VISA CARD direct to your postal Address in your
country is ($200 USD) only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to
pay any other money except $200 US Dollars.I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will
contact them and in case of demur-rage.Mr. Michael Burton is the legal head delivery agent to QUICK POST COURIER and he
is to issue to you the tracking numbers to your package as soon as you pay the security keeping fee.
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and your Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any
mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and know
when it will get to your address And you will also need to fill this below information for them to confirm that you are the
real owner of the ATM CARD and to no where they are delivering your check to:

Your Full Name:______________________________
Residential Address:__________
Direct Telephone Number:_____________________
Nearest airport:________________________________
Copy of Identity Card:_________________
Present Country:_________________

You have to contact the QUICK POST COURIER now for the delivery of your CARD with this information below:-
Contact Person: Mr. Michael Burton {Dispatch Manager}
Email: ( )
Phone Number: +229-9082-5631

ATM Card Number: (5101 2801 2345 6789)
Security Pin Code :6689
Withdrawal per day : $5,000 USDOLLARS
Personal Identification: 822

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay
them their Security Keeping fee of $200 US Dollars for their immediate action.You should also let me know through email as
soon as you receive your ATM CARD.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Mark Hills
Presidential Library & Museum Former Director
International Online Lottery Co-ordination.

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