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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: DR RUSSELL BUCHIONYE <r_b15@hotmail.co.uk>
Reply-To: <russell_buchionye121@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 02:09:15 +0000
Subject: (ATM CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION)













CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA TINUBU SQUARE,VICTORIAISLAND,LAGOS-NIGERIA
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA CENTRAL BANK OFNIGERIA TINUBU SQUARE LAGOS
(ATM CARD PAYMENT NOTIFICATION) OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONINTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT, CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA ATTENTION HONOURABLE BENEFICIARY THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR CONTRACT /INHERITANCE FILE AND FOUND OUT THAT WHY YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FUFILLED THE OBLIGATIONS GIVEN TO YOU IN RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC, THAT IS THE LATEST INSTRUCTION FROM OUR NEW ELECTED PRESIDENT WHO WAS SWORN IN ON THE 29 OF MAY 2007 AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA, ALHAJI UMARU MUSA YAR'ADUA. FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. THIS CARD CENTER WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, BUT THE MAXIMUM IS ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS PER DAY, SO IF YOU LIKE TO RECIEVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE CARD PAYMENT CENTER AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: 1.FULL NAME2.PHONE AND FAX NUMBER3.ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD TO(P.O BOX NOT ACCEPTABLE) 4.YOUR AGE AND OCCUPATION. HOWEVER, KINDLY FIND BELOW THE CONTACT PERSON: REV. PAUL OBIDIRECTOR, ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENTEMAIL: atmpaymentcardcenter@yahoo.co.uk THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT 118,300,000.00 AS FIRST PART QUATER PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2007. ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION, YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMINUCATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR ATM PAYMENT. FOR ORAL DISCUSSION,EMAIL ME BACK AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DIRECTION AND ALSO UPDATE ME ON ANY DEVELOPMENT FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED OFFICE. NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTERS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (ATM-802) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT. REGARDS, DR RUSSELL BUCHIONYEDIRECTOR OF OPERATIONINTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENTCENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA
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