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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 DENNIS WRIGHT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2023 11:27:40 -0800

From the Desk Of:
Director ATM Department
Phone +234-8024-807-588
Attention Sir/Madam, 
This is to officially inform you that we acknowledge the respite of your email regarding the delivery of your ATM CARD, note that your card is now ready to be delivered to your doorstep and I will forward the serial number and the pin code to you. The card is a master card codified. Now honestly you are advised to take care of the delivery charges which will cost you according to the delivery company that wishes to deliver your card to you immediately. 
However, it is the pleasure of this office to inform you that your ATM CARD number; is 4848-4210-4490-3850 and it has been approved and upgraded in your favor. 
Meanwhile, you call me for the pin code numbers. The ATM CARD value is us$10 Million only. You are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of us$10,000 is permitted daily. And we are duly inter-switched and you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM center of your choice/nearest to you. We have also concluded a very necessary arrangement concerning the delivery with our accredited courier service company to be fully insured and oversee the delivery of the ATM CARD to you without any further delay. 
be informed that delivery will be made to your address  within 15 hours of our confirmation of this payment. Also be aware that the delivery fee receipt will be attached to your payment delivery documents to avoid being delayed by the customs, meanwhile your valid I.D card must be presented to the delivery company before the CARD will be delivered to you to avoid any wrong delivery upon the delivered this package,
Furthermore With regards to your choice of claims, you are required to select the most convenient of the three courier options below that will delivered your ATM CARD to your doorstep in  via any of the channels listed below:
FedEx(2working days)
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Insurance..................... ........$30.00
Vat (5%).......................... ....$13.00
Total......................... ........$93.00
       UPS(2working days)
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Insurance..................... ........$15.00
Vat (5%).......................... ....$10.00
Total......................... ........$60.00
(2working days)
Mailing &n bps;  39.00
Insurance................. $25.00
Vat (5%).................. $19.00
Note that your card is protected by a hardcover insurance policy (courtesy nicon insurance group, Nigeria) which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before releasing it to you. This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from the card and hence must be provided by you before your card is dispatched to your doorstep in your country
Please respond to this email by making a selection from the options above.
However, be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of funds is exactly one week after the receipt of this email. After this period, you will encounter demurrage for keeping your ATM CARD in our custody for too long.
You are required to make a selection that is reachable to your destination.
Receiver Name : Nkemdicherem Favour Chinwendu
Address Lagos   Nigeria
Send the MTCN number together with the name and address of the sender to this office for the money to be picked up as soon as you send the money via western union.
Treat as very urgent, as we also remind you once again that your ATM CARD is ready. 
From the Desk Of:
Director ATM Department

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