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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: "Mr.powell peter" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 04:52:24 -0600
Subject: your ATM CARD

Address Head Office:
Westfield stratford city, Leyton Rd,
London E15 1AA, United Kingdom
HSBC Bank Plc UK:
Swift Credit Card (ATM) of $30 Million Dollars.

You Might Be Very Verse With The Swift Credit Card System Through The
(A.T.M) Automated Teller Machine System That Allows Beneficiaries
Direct Access To Make Withdrawal Of Fund From Any International Banks
In The World.

The Federal Government Under The Ministry Of Finance With The World
Bank And IMF(International Monitory Fund) Has Adopted This
Administrative Measure Owing To Various
Complains/Petitions Received From Beneficiaries Owning To The Delays
In Receiving Their Contract/Inheritance Fund As Expected.
Please be informed that this is a real and not a bogus card so be rest
assured that the money will be cleared immediately a withdrawal is
affected. I have made all the necessary

arrangements to have card delivered to you at your nominated mailing
address. All other documents such as your recommendation letter and
certificate from the Economic Finance Unit
confirming that these funds are fully free of any liens or
encumbrances and are clean, clear and of non-criminal origin shall
also be sent to you.

This ATM Card Contains Maximum of $30 Million Dollars. And you have a
daily withdrawal limit of? ($25 000.00) TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS
For your information, you are to bear the cost of mailing the ATM to
you, the ATM Card will be mailed via a World Diplomatic Delivery
Service to ensure that card is delivered to you
wherever you are anywhere in the world, However, before I proceed, I
would like you to re-confirm the below details.

1. Full name:
2. Mailing address: {Residential address only}

The Options, Together With Their Associated Conditions Are Presented
Below. You Are Required To Pay The Necessary Courier Charges To Enable
Me Send You Your Parcel.
1). FedEx Delivery Company Duration for Delivery: 72 Hours Amount USD$400.00
2). UPS Delivery Company Duration for Delivery Amount Next day
Delivery USD$500.00
3). DHL Delivery Company Duration for Delivery Amount 24 Hours of
Delivery USD $650.00
4). HSBC Online Banking setup will cost you the sum of $850 USD Will
daily transfer limit of $25,000 USD,

Thanks for Your Co-Operation.
Best Regards,
Yours In Service,
Mr Christopher Wray
Westfield stratford city, Leyton Rd,
London E15 1AA, United Kingdom

(209)553-0409 contact my number

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