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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: Santander Bank USA <>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:06:08 +0100


Attention,Email Owner /ATM Card Beneficiay

Urgent Contact me on WhatsAPP (+1(347)518-7318) now before the
delivery of your ATM card will be expired.

This is Mrs.Sandra Jean Wright the Bank Manager of USA Santander Bank
, So am here to update you that your ATM visa card which your
compensation funds amounted at $3.500.000.00 was uploaded, I hope you
got my last email, I know you might not know reason why i am seriously
on this issue of your funds compensation. It is because that i am
going to be transfer to one of branch in Germany to complete some
works as bank manager of the Santander USA,

According to our country the process of sending me to another country
means that my salary will be also promoted from the normal price i am
receiving now to high price. So for that is why am trying all my best
to make sure that all job i hold at hand will finish before will left
monday next week. And the parcel i have at hand now to deliver to
their inheritor remain only your ATM card of $3.500.000.00 before i
will be transfer like i stated above.

Therefore i want to help both you with my personal ability to make
sure that you receive your funds ATM card before i will leave by
monday , I can see that you are getting it differcult raise the normal
re-activaton fee $350, SO CAN YOU SEND ONLY $50.00 ITUNE CARD NOW so
i can be able to help you with the $300 at my hand now and make sure
that you receive your ATM card after 24 hours you send it today,

Remember to contact me in my Phone whats App below: +1(347)518-7318
immediately because am very busy to check email as for now.

God Bless you
Best Service
USA Santander Consumer Bank
Bank Manager
Mrs.Sandra Jean Wright

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