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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: Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2021 09:08:24 -0300

Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union
Our Ref: WORLD BANK/ E.U/IMF/FRBNY/9US 10751/2021



I am Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen Danish diplomat who has served as
Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union since July
2015, During the joint meeting held by the European Union (E.U.) with
the United Nations (U.N.) and New American Government/ Ad-Hoc
Executive Committee on Lottery Winnings, Contract and Inheritance fund
Payment; we discovered with dismay that your payment has been
unnecessarily delayed by the corrupt officials who have been using
your payment transaction as an avenue to satisfy their selfish

To forestall this, your full payment of $12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million
Five Hundred Thousand United State dollars). has been Irrevocably
released to you in the form of ATM VISA CARD and this will enable you
to have instant access to your fund. They have actually given unfair
and inefficient loopholes to these past directors and officials to
temper with your Payment file and vital documents inside your file
just to enable them to continue extorting money from you.

Based on our instruction; Your total Fund USD$12,500,000.00 Million
has been Credited in an online bank account that will be setup with
your ATM Card in your favor or through (International Commercial Bank
(I.C.B) Note that After you receive an ATM Card, The ATM Center will
activate your (PIN CODE) and send it to you as well. We have taken
this measure in order to avoid any unnecessary lapses or delay during
the process of delivering the ATM Card to your address or setting up
your online bank account in your favor.

This includes every foreign contractor that may have not received his
or her contract sum and people that had an unfinished transaction,
people who have inheritance to claim or international businesses that
failed due to inability of the Government in some part of the World
now the new American Government has link with world Bank and European
Union (E.U.) and IMF to make sure that all transaction has been

It is my pleasure to inform you that the ATM Card short Number: ( 5329
2029 1225 **** ) have been approved in your favor, The ATM Card Value
is USD$12,500,000.00 Million Dollars. You are advised that a maximum
withdrawal value of $20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand United State Dollar)
is permitted to withdraw per day through any bank (ATM PAYMENT CENTER
OR BANK) and are duly Inter Switch so you can make withdrawal at any
ATM located Center of your choice all over the world.

Now your new Payment, US New Government Approval No: UN5685A,
Reference No: 35460021, Allocation No: 674632 and your Certificate of
Merit Payment No: 203/2021, Released Code No: 0763; Immediate United
nation Telex Confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No: XXTN013,
having received these vital payment number, therefore you are
qualified now to received and confirm your ATM Card with our Delivery
Department within the next 48hrs, Therefore contact the Mr. John
Harris Moore, new Managing Director ATM Payment Center and follow his
instruction of how you can receive your ATM Card worth

NOTE: Your ATM Card worth USD$12,500,000.00 Million is been activated
awaiting your pick-up once the necessary obligation is done, and you
are hereby advised to contact New Managing Director ATM PAYMENT CENTER
Mr. John Harris Moore and follow his instruction and make him your
friend in this transaction:

His name: Mr. John Harris Moore, Managing Director ATM Payment Center
Contact his direct Telephone No: +22969090905
Contact Direct to his Official Private Email Address :

You are required to provide your mailing address where you will like
us to bring your ATM Card to, fill the gap with your information for
your ATM Master card delivery.

(1). Your full Name:......................
(2). Your Country:......................
(3). Your Delivery Address:.....................
(4). Your direct Phone No:................
(5). Your Mobile:..................
(6). Your Home Phone:................
(7). Your Copy of your Valid ID Card or passport: ............
(8). Your current occupation:.................
(9). Your Gender :............................
(9). Your Date of Birth :............................
(10). Your Next of Kin:..............................
(11).Your Second Email:..................

We will strictly monitor the process of your ATM Card Package delivery
to avoid the hopeless situation created by the former corrupt
officials from being repeated again. For further Clarifications in
this matter feel free to email the New Managing Director ATM Payment
Center Mr. John Harris Moore and make him your best client.

Please acknowledge receipt of this important information.

Yours faithfully,
Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen
Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union
Address: Rue Wiertz 60 1047 City of Brussels, Belgium, Europe

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