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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: Thomas Green<>
Date: 16 Jul 2019 20:41:18 +0200
Subject: <p>RE: Your Swift ATM Credit Card $4.6,000,000.00 Million Dollars.</p>

<p>Dear Beneficiary,</p>

<p>RE: Your Swift ATM Credit Card $4.6,000,000.00 Million

<p>You Might Be Very Verse With The Swift Credit Card System
Through The (A.T.M) Automated Teller Machine System That Allows
Beneficiary Direct Access To Make Withdrawal Of Fund From Any
International Banks In The World. The Federal Government Under
The Ministry Of Finance With The World Bank And IMF(International
Monitory Fund) Has Adopted This</p>

<p>Administrative Measure Owing To Various Complains/Petitions
Received From Beneficiaries Owning To The Delays In Receiving
Their Contract/Inheritance Fund As Expected. Please be informed
that this is real and not a bogus card so be rest assured that
the money will be cleared immediately a withdrawal is affected. I
have made all the necessary</p>

<p>Arrangements to have card delivered to you at your nominated
mailing address. All other documents such as your recommendation
letter and certificate from the Economic Finance Unit confirming
that these funds are fully free of any liens or encumbrances and
are clean, clear and of non-criminal origin.</p>

<p>This ATM Card Contains Maximum Of $4.6 Million Dollars. And
you have a daily withdrawal limit of $5,000 Dollars.For your
information, you are to bear the cost of mailing the ATM to you,
the ATM Card will be mailed via a World Delivery Service to
ensure that card is delivered to you wherever you are anywhere in
the world, However, before I proceed, I would like you to re-
confirm the below details. The Receiving officer Mr.Cooper
Garrison will call you up immediately response is sent in.</p>

<p>1. Legal Full names:<br />
2. Telephone number:<br />
3. Delivery address:<br />
4. Occupation:<br />
5. Nearest Airport<br />
6. Country of Residence</p>

<p>Note,as you Are Required To Pay for The Necessary Courier
Charges To Enable us Send Your Parcel to you at your doorstep.Via
<p>FedEx Delivery Service Duration fee... 72 Hours....

<p>Contact:Mr.Cooper Garrison<br />
< E-mail:</p>

<p>Thanks for Your Co-Operation.</p>

<p>Best Regards,<br />
Mr. Thomas Green.<br />
Remittance Manager<br />

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