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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: Yaya Nicole <yaya_nic_16@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <bakole_seyed@myway.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 00:20:01 +0100
Subject: INSTRUCTIONS



FROM THE DESK OF: Mr. Yaya T NicoleTHE ACCOUNTANT FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, MINISTRY OF FINANCE ATTENTION:PROSPETIVE PARTNER, WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION SECTION 21 OF DECREE 219 OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION, I WAS DIRECTED TO INFORM YOU THAT YOUR PAYMENT VERIFICATION AND CONFIRMATIONS IS "OK". I AM Mr. Yaya T Nicole; THE ACCOUNTANT FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT, MINISTRY OF FINANCE; MY OFFICE MONITORS AND CONTROLS THE AFFAIRS OF ALL BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN BENIN WEST AFRICA.THIS IS TO OFFICIALY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED ON YOUR CONTRACT /INHERITANCE FILE AND FOUND OUT THAT WHY YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FULFILLED THE OBLIGATIONS GIVING TO YOU IN RESPECT TO YOUR CONTRACT / INHERITANCE PAYMENT.SECONDLY, YOU ARE STILL DEALING WITH THE NONE OFFICIALS IN THE GOVERNMENT IN ALL YOUR ATTEMPTS TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF YOUR CHECK OF FUND. I WISH TO ADVISE YOU THAT SUCH AN ILLEGAL ACT HAS TO STOP IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE YOUR MONEY SINCE I HAVE CONTACT Eco BANK MANAGER TO HELP IN THIS PAYMENT AND WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM.RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH THEIR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER, WHICH IS THE LATEST INSTRUCTION BY THE GOVERNOR CENTRAL BANK.THIS CARD CENTER, WILL SEND YOU AN ATM CARD WHICH YOU WILL USE TO WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY, BUT THE MAXIMUM WITHDRAWAL IS TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY. TO RECEIVE YOUR FUNDS IMMEDIATELY THROUGH THIS WAY, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARD PAYMENT CENTER WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATIONS FOR THE ACCURACY CHECK.1.YOUR FULL NAME. 2.PHONE AND FAX NUMBER. 3.ADDRESS WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE YOUR A.T.M CARD. 4.YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION. 5.SOURCE OF FUND:INHERITANCE/CONTRACT/COMPENSATION:(A) AMOUNT (B) CURRENCY------------------------------------------------------------------------------PLEASE CONTACT: ;(Bakole Sayed)DEPARTMENT Eco BANK EMAIL: (bakole_seyed@myway.com ) PHONE:THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT YOUR PAYMENT CREDITED INTO YOUR CARD AT A GO FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR. ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER OMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s) THIS IS TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN FINALIZING YOUR PAYMENT.NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUE YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (771) YOU MUST HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER. YOURS SINCERELY. Mr Yaya T Nicole{ACCOUNTANT FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT; MINISTRY OF FINANCE} MINISTRY OF FINANCE

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