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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: "Bishop Collins William" <atmswiftcardoffice05@gazeta.pl>
Reply-To: atmpayoffice336@yahoo.co.jp
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 02:57:16 +0100
Subject: ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIES


ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIES

INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT

OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA .

ATTENTION BENEFICIARY:

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. PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY SO THAT
WE CAN RELEASE YOUR PAYMENT TO YOU AS THE BANK IS GETTING TO THE END OF THE
FISCAL YEAR AND ANY PAYMENT THAT IS NOT ISSUED OUT TO THE BENEFICIARY IS
GOING TO BE CANCELED.

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 ADVICE 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 BY THE PRESIDENTALHAJI
UMARU YAR'ADUA WHO WAS ELECTED IN ON THE 29TH MAY 2007 (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
TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED 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(CELL) AND FAX NUMBER:

3. ADDRESS WERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD:

4. YOUR AGE:

5. CURRENT OCCUPATION:

BISHOP COLLINS WILLAIMS

INTEGRATED PAYMENT DEPARTMENT

EMAIL:atmswiftcard336@yahoo.es <EMAIL%3Aatmswiftcard336@yahoo.es>

THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT $8,300,000.00 AS
PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2008. WHICH YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT NOW
THAT THE NEW ELECTED PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN OVER THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE RELEASE
OF YOUR FUND, ALSO FOR YOUR INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO STOP ANY FURTHER
COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(s). THIS IS TO AVOID ANY
HITCHES IN FINALIZING YOUR PAYMENT.AS SOON AS YOU REPLY TO THIS IMPORTANT
MESSAGE FOR FURTHER DIRECTION IN THIS REGARDS 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 (811) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD
CENTER .

BISHOP COLLINS WILLIAM

CHIEF AUDITOR TO THE PRESIDENT

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIES

EMAIL: atmswiftcard336@yahoo.es

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