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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: "William Robinson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 01:36:55 -0700
Subject: Your Payment Notice

Citibank Financial Credit Dept
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
885 2nd Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10017, U.S.A
Out Ref 0900423
Date 28/6/2022
Attention  Sir/Madam,
On behalf Citibank Groups Management, I William Robinson wish to notify you today that your Approved ATM CARD payment since last year, is available to be released to you as fast as you are able to comply with us providing us with your full details as requested below
Full names:_________________________________
Address: _____________________________________
Country: _____________________________
Zip Code: ___________________________
Telephone: ___________________________
Sex: _________________________________
Age: _________________________________
LICENSE: ___________________________
I Mr. / Mrs._______ hereby declared that, all the above information produced by me is true.In our last Month payment batch list your name is 10 after we successfully dispatched 21 ATM CARD to their various location through TNT Delivery INC ,
Parcel Content (One Valid ATM CARD) Card Type: (ATM MASTER CARD) Programmed Valid Sum ($6.5 Million Dollars ) ATM CARD pin-code (0072)ATM CARD User Instructions, You are advised and warned to keep your Username and Pin-code away from reach of family and friends to avoid funds withdrawals without your notice,
Therefore I William Robinson at this point I will not be happy that your ATM CARD is been cancelled if you not respond to us , I will Immediately add your ATM CARD right now among our Second Batch for JUNE 2022
Below is your ATM CARD Details Registration No: 674632 Reference
No.-35460021 , Dispatch No: 339331 , CARD No No: 55674
Contact Person MR. Gerald Tilt
Director ATM CARD Payment Dept
Citibank Group New York
Director Crediting and Payment Dept
We will update you upon your response to this letter that you willing to receive your ATM CARD N/B Do get back to us immediately for your perusal
Best Regard,
Citibank Financial Credit Dept
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
885 2nd Avenue, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10017, U.S.A

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