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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:38:45 +0200 (MEST)

PHONE NUMBER+2348023888198.
ON THE 21TH OF AUG 2007.


This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract / inhe=
ritance file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not receiv=
ed your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obl=
igations giving to you in respect to your contract / inheritance payment.Se=
condly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-officials in t=
he bank as this is anillegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to re=
ceive your payment immediately. After the board meeting held at our headqua=
rters, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you m=
ay know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTR=
E in Europe, America and Asia Pacific, which is the instruction given by ou=
r president,ALHAJI,UMARU,MUSA YAH'ADUA (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria. =
This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw y=
our money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($=
5,000.00) Five Thousand Us Dollars per day. So, if you like to receive your=
fund this way, please do let us know by forwarding the below details to my=
direct email address

(1) Your Full Name.
(2) Address where you want the payment centre to send your ATM CARD.
(3) Phone And Fax Number.
(4) Your Next Of Kin.
(5) A Scan Passport Or Driver's Licence.

Instead of loosing your fund, please indicate to the Card Centre the total =
sum you are expecting and for your information you have stop any further co=
mmunication with anybody or office. On this regards, do not hesitate to con=
tact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with a=
ny new development.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of conduct, w=
hich is (805) so you have to indicate this code when contacting this CARD C=

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