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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: Samson Inaya <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 22:32:56 +0200
Subject: Re: YOUR ATM-CARD Payment.
This is to Officially Inform you that it has come to our notice and we have
thoroughly investigated by the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network
System that you are having a Legal Transaction with one Janet Yellen of the
United States secretary of the treasury . During our Investigation, it came
to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is
because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in
respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.
So therefore, we have contacted the United States secretary of the treasury
on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by
arranging your payment in total of $3.5 MILLION USD. in an ATM CARD which
you will use to withdraw money anywhere in the world. You now have the
lawful right to claim your fund in the ATM CARD by contacting the ATM CARD
This is to officially inform you that(ATM VISA Card) has been accredited on
your favor.Your Personal Identification Number is 8822.The ATM VISA Card
Value is $3.5 MILLION USD. Please get back to us on (
firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following details below for
1. Full Name:*
2. Delivery Address:*
6. Phone Number:*
Executive,Committee On ATM-CARD Payment.
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any imposter or office claiming
to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are advised only to be in contact
with Mr. James Williams of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person
you are suppose to deal with in regards your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward
any email you get from imposters to this office so we could act upon and