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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: Kirti Ptei <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2021 11:21:12 +0100
Subject: Contact for your ATM CARD {$2.700,000.00}

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 your outstanding compensation payment
from United Nation due to the 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 two million seven hundred thousand United State Dollars
{$2.700,000.00} 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 {$2.700,000.00} 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 Abidjan, Office
Address, Commented Bank, 01 AB 1478, Cocody Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, 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.

1. Your Full name, ________________
2. Your home Address, _____________
3. Your telephone number, _________
4. A copy of your ID, _____________

immediately on their below;

E-mail: { }

E-mail: { }

Contact Person; Dr. Bright Kalu
Director Of United Bank For Africa (UBA)
Telephone Number; +225 55102152

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
Kirti Ptei

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