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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: Mrs Jean Clinton <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:35:41 +0100

Attention Dear Funds Beneficiary ,

We wish to officially inform you that we have Credited and configured your
Compensation fund into ATM MASTER CARD worth sum $4.5 million united states
dollars also we have concluded the delivery arrangement with the delivery
company regarding the shipment of your ATM MASTER CARD.

What you have to do now is to contact The ATM PAYMENT CENTER as soon as you
receive this E-mail with this secret code (0022-ATM)to know when you will
receive your ATM MASTER CARD.

Secondly, make sure you reconfirm your Postal address and direct telephone
number to them again to avoid any mistake on issuing your ATM MASTER CARD
to another person. Therefore,contact them immediately with their contact
address as stated below:

Contact Person: Mr James Anderson.
Contact E-mail:
Phone: +22961145263

Kindly reconfirm the followings below Information to ATM PAYMENT CENTER;

1. Full Name
2. Residential Address
3. Occupation
4. Direct Cell/Telephone Number

Therefore,you have to contact them now with this secret code (0022-ATM so
that your ATM MASTER CARD will get to you in time.

I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as you receive the ATM MASTER

Best Regard
Mrs Jean Clinton

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