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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: INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT <richardmixer@live.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:03:37 -0400
Subject: COMPENSATION FOR SCAM/FRAUD VICTIMS

THE PRESIDENCY
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Aso Rock villa, Asokoro District, Abuja
 
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 after due verification and scrutiny of your contract/inheritance file and have found out the genuine reason you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your Lottery/inheritance payment.
You are hereby advised to stop dealing with some non-Government officials/bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment immediately. After the board meeting held at the headquarters,United Nations. we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America,Asia Pacific and Middle East, which is the instruction given by the president, Umaru Yar'Adua (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria and The Prime Minister of London, Gordon Brown.
This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($2,000.00) Two Thousand Us Dollars per day. So, if you like to receive your fund this way, please do let us know by forwarding the below details to: Prof. Ronald Mark, the CARD PAYMENT CENTRE on this email:(ronaldmark@sify.com)
 
(1) Your Full Name
(2) Address where you want the payment centre to send your ATM CARD.
(3) Phone And Fax Number
(4) Your Total Fund to be received.
 
 
Instead of loosing your fund, please indicate to the Card Centre the total sum you are expecting and for your information you have to stop any further communication with  anybody or office. On this regards, do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any new development.
Thanks for your co-operation.
 
Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of conduct, which is (805) so you have to indicate this code when contacting this CARD CENTRE
WE WISH TO ADVICE YOU THAT SUCH AN ILLEGAL ACTIONS HAS TO STOP IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT SINCE WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING A SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM.
 
 
Note:It has been officialy stated by the Honourable Minister of Finance that beneficiaries are to take care of the Courier Shipment Fee only.On this, you will be responsible for courier shipment charges only.This will enable the courier deliver your ATM CARD/Approval Documents to your address of contact.
CONTACT PERSON:
 
PROF. RONALD MARK
INTEGRATED PAYMENT DEPARTMENT
EMAIL: (ronaldmark@sify.com)
 
 
THE ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER HAS BEEN MANDATED TO ISSUE OUT $500,000.00 AS PART PAYMENT FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR 2008. WHICH YOU ARE ADVICED 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.
 
NOTE: BECAUSE OF IMPOSTORS, WE HEREBY ISSUED YOU OUR CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH IS (805) SO YOU HAVE TO INDICATE THIS CODE WHEN CONTACTING THE CARD CENTER.
GET BACK TO ME WITHIN 24HRS WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.
YOU HAVE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO RECIEVE YOUR CARD AND YOU ADVISE STRICTLY TO STOP FURTHER CONTACTS WITH WHOEVER YOU ARE CONTACTING.
                               
 
(MR . RICHARD MIXER)
CHIEF AUDITOR TO THE PRESIDENT
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIES

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