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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: "Diplomatic agent Mr. Oscar Williams" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 00:15:02 +0100
Subject: Attn:Dear Customer your ATM card is available to receive now ,

Address: 800 Connecticut Ave NW 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20006, United

Attn:Dear Customer your ATM card is available to receive now ,

I have been planning on how to get things being in order to you.Right now
everything has been completed and this is to let you know that I have
finalized with the bank manager,to credit your ( $900,000,00 ) to an ATM
VISA CARD.So your inherited funds of ( $900,000,00 ) has been converted and
credited to an ATM VISA CARD. This is to bring to your notice that I have
paid the re-activation fee and the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD.

I paid it because the ATM Card worth of $900,000,00 USD will expire and
when it expires, the whole money will go into Federal Government treasury
account in world power here,so because of that I decided to help you pay
off the money so that the ATM Card fund will not expire, and I’m convinced
that when you receive your ATM VISA Card that you must pay me back all my
money and even compensate me for helping you.

Now I want you to contact the ATM card office with your home /office
address and phone number that you prefer for the delivery to be made so
that they can deliver your ATM Visa Card to your designated address in your
country without any delay. Like I stated earlier,The delivery charges have
been paid but I did not pay their official security keeping fees because
they refused. They refused,the reason is that they do not know when you are
going to contact them and the demur-rage might have increased. They told me
that their keeping fees are $25 per day,while I deposited it this week

Below is the Contact Information of the ATM office, contact JP Morgan Chase
management : ( ) Phone number: +1 (301) 691
2124 Contact them today to avoid an increase of their keeping fees and let
me know once you receive your ATM Visa card.

Thanks and best regards.
Best Regards.
Williams Oscar

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