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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 Mike Spellman <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 08:58:55 +0200
Subject: ATM CARD

Card Issuer/Securities Services;

International Banking Department
ATM Regulatory & Compliance Board
Tel: +22961960428
Our ref: IMF/T/ATM/COMP/14-CI

Re-Issuance of Your Upgraded ATM Debit Card Nos;
5416557102001951.(Total Value: US$5,390,000 only. You Can Withdraw
Funds Anywhere)

Dear ,

The Audit & De
After we have rbt Reconciliation Commission has undertaken an
independent performance audit with the authority contained in the
IMF/World Bank Auditor-General Act 1997.

Following the performance audit for the year ended 8 September 2022,
while going through the files, we discovered that a part-payment fund;
US$5.3Million that was processed in your favor by MasterCard (ATM
Debit Card) in 2022 in the following manner and was not released to

For more detailed information concerning this payment, Contact us
with your full information's via ( Or call at
eceived your reply, we will instruct the card issuing bank to
re-process and re-load your DEBIT cards, funds will be available on
the cards in minutes, which will be dispatched to your designated
address. We will oversee the delivery of the cards to you through our
registered and official courier. Get back to us as soon as possible.


Mr Mike Spellman

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