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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: FOREIGN OPERATION <foreignoperationdept021@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <phll_clarke1966@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:16:44 +0000
Subject: ATM PAYMENT NOTIFICATION




OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION
ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT(CBN)
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
TEL LINE: +234-806-471-627-4
DATE: 12/11/2007

SIR/MADAM,

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 FULFILLED THE OBLIGATIONS GIVEN TO
YOU IN RESPECT OF YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT.SECONDLY WE HAVE
BEEN INFORMED THAT YOU ARE STILL DEALING WITH THE NONE OFFICIALS IN THE
BANK ALL YOUR ATTEMPT TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE FUND TO YOU.


WE
WISH TO ADVISE YOU THAT SUCH AN ILLEGAL ACT LIKE THIS HAVE TO STOP IF
YOU WISHES TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT SINCE WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A
SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT
THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC, THAT IS THE LATEST
INSTRUCTION FROM THE NEW ELECTED PRESIDENT UMARU MUSA YAR'DUA (GFCR)
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.AND EFCC NIGERIA.AS WELL THE INTERPOL AND
FBI.

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 FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER DAY, SO IF YOU LIKE TO
RECEIVE YOUR FUND THIS WAY PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING THE CARD
PAYMENT CENTER AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

1. YOUR FULL NAME
2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
3. ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION

THE
ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT ($6,000,000.00)
AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2007.ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION,
YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR
OFFICE(s) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT.

FOR
ORAL DISCUSSION, CALL AND 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 IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH
IS (ATM-811) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD
CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT.

REGARDS,

DR PHLL CLARKE LEMO
DIRECTOR,ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT(CBN)
TELEPHONE LINE: +234-806-471-627-4
EMAIL: phll_clarke1966@yahoo.com







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