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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: "MS.THELMA DAVIS" <tmama2@mailbox.hu>
Reply-To: thelmadavis11@myway.com
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 19:16:40 +0100
Subject: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND ACT AS INSTRUCTED


*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND ACT AS INSTRUCTED
Central Bank of Nigeria
Wuse phase 11,
Abuja - Nigeria
Office of the AUDITOR GENERAL
From The Desk Of:
MS. THELMA A.DAVIS. {AMERICAN}
PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ONLY ON MY PRIVATE EMAIL :{
**thelmadavis11@myway.com*<thelmadavis11@myway.com>
*}*

*Attention: Beneficiary, *

*I am Ms.Thelma A. Davis; an American Lady working as an auditor in Central
Bank of Nigeria, I am instructed to officially inform you that we have
verified your contract/Lotto /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 payment.*

*Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none
officials in the bank all in 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 wish 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
CENTRE from European Union, which is the latest instruction from the new
elected president Mr. President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yara'dua (GCFR) Federal
Republic of *

*Nigeria. 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 Eight Hundred United States Dollars ($800.00) per day. So if you
like to *

*Receive your fund in this way, please let us know by contacting the ATM
payment department and also send the following information as listed below
to them:*

*1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to (p.o box not
acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation.
5, Your Annual income.*


*You are advised to contact the director of ATM CARD payment officer for
more directives,*

*Name: Monsignor Morris Darlington
Director, ATM payment department
Email: (**morris.darlington@gmail.com* <morris.darlington@gmail.com>*)*

*The ATM card payment center was mandated to issue out $2,300,000.00 as part
payment for this fiscal year 2008 to you so bear with us. 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. Note
that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which
is (ATM-090) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card
center by using it as your subject. *

*We anticipate your total compliance to this message immediately. *

*YOURS SINCERELY,
MS.THELMA A.DAVIS. {AMERICAN}
AUDITOR GENERAL [CBN]
PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ONLY ON MY PRIVATE EMAIL :{
**thelmadavis11@myway.com*<thelmadavis11@myway.com>
*}
*

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