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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: jim dave <barr_jimdave@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <barr_jimdave01@yahoo.fr>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 13:56:47 +0100
Subject: YOUR CONTRACT/INHERITANCE PAYMENT.



ATTENTION:SIR/MADAM, THIS IS TO OFFICIALLY INFORM YOU THAT WE HAVE VERIFIED YOUR CONTRACT /INHERITANCE FILES, AND FOUND OUT THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT FROM THIS AUTHORITY BEFORE NOW. THE REASON WHY YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PAYMENT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT FULLFILLED 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 ON THE ATTEMPT TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF THE FUND TO YOU. WE WISH TO ADVISE YOU THAT SUCH AN ILLEGAL ACT WILL HAVE TO STOP IF YOU WISHES TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT SINCE THIS AUTHORITY HAVE DECIDED TO PAY YOU THE CONTRACT INHERITED FUNDS YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE PAID. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE ARRANGED YOUR PAYMENT THROUGH OUR SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC, THAT IS THE LATEST INSTRUCTION FROM MR. PRESIDENT, CHIEF IYAYI IBONI(GCFR) REPUBLIC OF BENIN. 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. SO IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE YOUR FUND IN THIS PROCESS,PLEASE LET US KNOW BY CONTACTING OUR ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL BANK PLC BENIN REP, AND ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS LISTED BELOW. 1.FULL NAME.2.ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD.3.PHONE AND FAX NUMBER.4.YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION.5.ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION. HOWEVER, KINDLY CONTACT THE BELOW PERSON WHO IS IN POSITION TO RELEASE YOUR ATM PAYMENT CARD. REV DR.JOHN LOUIS. ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT,FINANCIAL BANK DU BENIN.MOBILE: +229 930 73663.EMAIL:atmmastercard100@banknoteclub.com FINANCIAL BANK PLC BENIN ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT US$6.5MILLION AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2007. ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION, YOU ARE ADVICED TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s) TO AVOID ANY HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR PAYMENT. NOTE: BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (ATM-0811) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE AS YOUR SUBJECT WHEN CONTACTING THE FINANCIAL BANK CARD CENTER BENIN REPUBLIC. REGARDS,Barr. Jim Dave.
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