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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:

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2023 19:17:51 -1200

Attn, beneficiary

This is to notify you that your fund has been programmed in an ATM
visa card for immediate delivery to you upon reconfirming your
physical destination address as all arrangements has been finalized
and to released to you as the legitimate beneficiary of the fund, via
global ATM visa card.
Your ATM visa card worth USD$ 5.5M united state dollars to the ATM
Department Center here in United State , Note that we have waited
enough to hear from you so that your funds can be transferred through
Ally bank here, but due to the late response we decided to use ATM.

(1. Full name---------
(2. Mobile Number:--------------
(3. Direct telephone number------
(4. Country of origin:--------
(5. Your Current delivery address:----
(6. Occupation/ age/ sex-----
(7. City -------------------

Your ATM visa card withdrawing access PIN number is (8114) take note,
once you receive the card you take it to any cash point around your
area and slot the card and enter the PIN number (8114).

Finally, be informed that we have left an instructions to the ATM
Department Center for urgent delivery of your ATM visa card
immediately you forward them the required information, feel free to
get in touch with us today.
Kindly reply to us on this email (
kindly contact me on (+16013290500) whatsapple (+13472328194)
Below is the contact information ATM Department Center: Contact person
Mr Anthony M. Smith
Position: manager

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