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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: "MRS. ELIZABETH ETOM (FTB DEBT SETTLEMENT UNIT)" <mrs_elizabethetom2@livedoor.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 12:05:47 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION : YOUR ATM EXECUTIVE MASTER CARD IS READY


*FROM THE DESK OF DR. MRS. ELIZABETH ETOM
DIRECTOR ATM CARD DEPARTMENT
FORTUNE TRUST BANK
BENIN REPUBLIC WEST AFRICA.
OUR REF: F.T.B./MF/B01/Vol 01
EMAIL: ftb_atmcard.dept@sify.com*
**
*

ATTENTION : ATM MASTER CARD OWNER,*
**
*WE HERE BY NOTIFYING YOU THAT FORUNE TRUST BANK HAVE BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE
OUT YOUR PAYMENT OF $1,200,000.00USD THROUGH ATM CARD . YOU HAVE TO STOP
FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY OTHER PERSON(S) OR OFFICE(S) OR MINISTRY
OF FINANCE BENIN TO AVOID HITCHES IN RECEIVING YOUR ATM CARD PAYMENT.*
**
*FORTUNE TRUST BANK MANAGER HAVE CONFIRMED AUTOMATION OF YOUR SWIFT
PAYMENT THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC ATM CARD PAYMENT. THE BANK HAVE ARRANGED YOUR
PAYMENT THROUGH SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTER ASIA PACIFIC 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 . THE MAXIMUM DAILY WITHDRAWAL IS
$5,000USD PER DAY. A TOTAL OF $5,000USD AT A TIME . NOW YOU ARE TO
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FUND BY CONTACTING THE BANK TODAY. THIS IS A SPECIAL
ARRANGEMENT IN COLLABORATION WITH MASTER CARD COMPANY USA.*
**
*KINDLY CONTACT THE BELOW PERSON WHO IS IN POSITION TO RELEASE YOUR ATM
PAYMENT CARD TO YOU. YOU ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD TO DR. LUCA DADA
YOUR*FULL INFORMATION
*AND* TELEPHONE NUMBER *FOR IMMEDIATE MAILING OF THE ATM CARD TO YOUR
ADDRESS.*
**
*DR. LUCA DADA
FOREIGN PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
FORTUNE TRUST BANK BENIN REPUBLIC
EMAIL: ftb_atmcard.dept@sify.com*
<http://adserver.o2.pl/rdr.php?id_url=153448>
**
*NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS THE FTB HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF
CONDUCT WHICH IS* ATM-0212* SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN
CONTACTING DR. LUCA DADA ON THE CARD CENTER BY USING IT AS YOUR SUBJECT.
KINDLY NOTIFY FTB IMMEDIATELY TO CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF THIS MASSAGE FROM
THE FORTUNE TRUST BANK.*
*


**ELIZABETH ETOM*
*HEAD OF ATM DEPT
FTB BANK BENIN*

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