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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: "Department Treasury" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 16:50:04 +0100
Subject: Your ATM Master Card (US$50.5M) 10/18/2022

Attention: Sir/Madam,
After our board meeting with United Nation/United States
Government/European Parliament they instructed us to release your
Compensation Fund through or ATM Master Card or Bank to Bank Wire
Transfer immediately you provide your full information listed below.
Indicate your preferable option. Bank Transfer takes 48 to 72 working
hours while ATM Card Delivery takes 5 to 6 working days. Endeavour to
keep your payment reference number very confidential. Provide the
following for your respective payment options.
EFT Bank Transfer Details .............
Your Name and Surname: ---------
Residential Address:---------------
Contact Phone Number:------------
Your Bank Name:---------------------
Your Bank Address-----------------
Account Number:--------------------
Branch Code:--------------------------
Swift; Code: ---------------------------
Your Occupation: --------------------
MasterCard Debit ATM Card!.............
C,-- Your Name and Surname:---------
H,-- Residential Address:----------------
E,-- Or work Address:--------------------
Q,-- Country City/Province Code:-----
U,-- Contact Phone Number:----------
E,-- I.D Or Pass Port Copy;--------------
S’—Your Occupation:  ------------------
I wait for your urgent respond for the claims of your fund. All legal
documents will be release to you before your US$50.5M will be transfer
into your bank account or ATM Master Card.
Thanks for your maximum co-operation.
Richard Douglas
Department Of Treasury Direct-Account
United Nations Fund's Remittance
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