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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: Mr Martins ! <mr_martins_028@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <mrmartins200@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 11:26:11 -0700
Subject: IMMEDIATE ATM CARD PAYMENT FROM THE BANK.






Attention.The Ordering Beneficiary.

IMMEDIATE ATM CARD PAYMENT
IN YOUR FAVOUR VALUED USD$5.6MILLION ONLY.

This Is To Officially Inform You about our recent agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria to handle all their foriegn contract payments. based on this development We Have Verified Your Contract/Inheritance File And Discovered Reasons Why You Are Yet To Receive Your Payment. It Is Because Of Irregularities And Complications Discovered On Your Payment File By Our Technical Experts In Respect To Your Contract /Inheritance Payment Requirements Which Have Just Been
Duly Rectified. However, We Have Been Informed by our intelligent monitoring unit to stop any further dealings With Impostors And Non Recommended Officials In The Bank. Such Acts Must Stop For Security Reasons . If You Wish To receive Your Payment in time and accordingly,Since We Have Decided To Bring A Solution To Your Problem, Right Now We Have Arranged Your Payment Through Our ATM Swift Card Payment Center Of OCEANIC BANK OF NIGERIA P L C. That Is The Latest Instruction By Our President Chief, Musa Yar'Adua Federal Republic Of Nigeria. The federal ministry of finance and International monetary fund(IMF).

Below Is The Arrangements ;... The Swift card Center Will Send You An Atm Card Which You Will Use To Withdraw Your Money From Any ATM Machine In Any Part Of The World, But The Maximum Is (Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars $2,500.00) Per Day, I know that you will prefer receiving this fund through this mode of payment by getting back to this bank as we have been nominated bank to pay contractors.

1) Address Where You Want Them To Send The Card
Courier Service (P.O box Not Accepted)2) Your Full Name And Total Amount You Are Expecting.
3) Your private/cell telephone numbers.4)Your present occupation,,,,,,,,,, Please Indicate To The Card Center The Total Sum You Are Expecting And For Your Information You Have To Stop Any Further Communication With Any Institution Or Office Until You Receive The Atm Card. Note: Because of Impostors, We Hereby Issue You Our Code of Conduct Tag Number Which Is(170-6) So You Must Have To Indicate This Code When Contacting The Card Center.
We Await Your Urgent Response. Best Regards,

Dr.MARTINS FOSTER
Managing Director Information Deptarment,
OCEANIC BANK Of Nigeria P L C.

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