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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: "Rev.Ken L.Woods" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 07:50:05 -0800
Subject: Your ATM VISA Credit Card Loaded with $4,500.000.00 USD Is Ready

Greetings, from the world health organization (W.H.O), This is
Mr.Tijjani Muhammad-Baden (Director-General) World Health
Organization, This is to inform you that you are among the lucky ones
receiving this warning about an IQ-eating virus sweeping compensation
sum of US$4.5million The meeting was preceded over by their incumbent
President Tijjani Muhammad-Baden. It was unanimously agreed that the
payment must be done by ATM, Certified which have been complete the
process of releasing your transfer pin code through the Digitized
Payment System. and you have spent a lot of money and a lot of time
sending money to different people just to make sure you receive your
fund and after all your effort you received nothing. We have decided
to pay your funds through (ATM VISA CREDIT CARD) This arrangement was
initiated/constituted by the World Bank, United Nations, European
Union, African Union, together with Paris Club, due to fraudulent
activities going on within the world today.

The World Bank, United Nations, European Union, African Union, and
Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement to enable our
Contract, Winning Prize, inheritance beneficiary to receive their fund
without any interference. The ATM VISA Credit Card was contracted and

The ATM VISA CREDIT CARD is credited with the sum of$4,500.000.00 USD
( Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars), it is
already loaded in the ATM VISA CREDIT CARD which you can use to access
your fund in any ATM Stand/location worldwide and remember that the
maximum withdrawal daily limit is Four Thousand United States
Dollars(US$4,000.00) we have concluded the delivery arrangement with
the below courier services companies and their delivery time as stated

Service Type | Delivery Company | Charges/Fees

UPS = $250 for 24 hours
FedEx =$125 for 48 hours
DHL = $175 for 72 hours

Note that you will be liable to pay the delivery fee of your ATM VISA
Credit Card with any of the above courier companies of your choice
before the delivery will take place to your destination address.

Kindly provide me with the below details in your response to this
email and let me know which courier company you would like us to use
for the shipment of your ATM VISA Credit Card to your destination home

1. Valid Delivery Address:
2. Full Names:
3. Phone Number:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:

We are very glad that your ATM card will get to you in other to change
your life but I will also want you to know your ATM will be delivered
through DHL or FedEx DELIVERY SERVICE and to do that your ATM card
needs to be registered with any of them for delivery and I will like
you to choose the delivery service you will like to use for the
delivery, so you have to choose between the two and let us know
immediately OK. Your ATM card will be dispatched within 2hrs we
confirmed your payment, at the same time, we will email a new invoice
to you with the tracking number, you can track your shipment/ATM card
online in 48 hours since you received it. You may choose to send the
payment by Tunes card or steam wallet.


Rev.Ken L.Woods
Director Foreign Remittance Department

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