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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: "ROBERT SWAN MUELLER III" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <frankolisehoffice@yahoo.dk>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:25:30 +0100
Subject: FROM FBI--READ AND RESPOND.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
WASHINGTON D.C ROOM, 7367
J. EDGAR HOOVER FBI BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,
NW WASHINGTON, DC 20535,0001

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has discovered through our intelligence Monitoring Network that you are eligible to receive the sum of $2.5 Million USD regarding to an over-due Inheritance/Award payment which was fully endorsed to be paid in your favor.

Therefore, the FBI Seattle Division in conjunction with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), screened through various Monitoring Networks and has confirmed that you have a transaction with the Union Nigeria Finance, and you have the lawful right to claim your funds. Your funds worth $ 2.5 million USD has been deposited into Gold smart card number: 5428 0500 1100 4432 personal identification (PIN) is - 1111. You must change your PIN toyour own confidential PIN oce it is sent to you. The card will allow you to purchase and withdraw cash anywhere in the world, with this card you do not need to take the risk of sending personnal banking details online or on the internet because you have highly advised by your local bank not to send the banking details to anyone on the Internet as this is done for your own security

Bear in mind that you will be responsible for the handling and shiping charges of your Gold Smart card to your choice location. This is a mandatory fee that must be paid before the commencement of your ATM card to your designated home address, once the fees is paid you will receive your ATM card within the next 2-3 working days.

Note: In the beginning, the fees is taken from a recipient funds, but the law was put in place to stop the deduction, as soon as we soon found that some governenment official overtook funds from the beneficiaries.

Finally, you are advised to contact the agent in charge with your name, contact address {where you want atm sent} direct phone number and present work for the urgent release of your ATM card to your designated home address:


Name: Mr. Frank Oliseh.
E-mail: frankolisehonline3@yahoo.gr
Tel: +234-80-7066-1833 or 011-234-80-7066-1833
Thank you for your co-operation, GOD Bless America!!!

Yours Faithfully,
ROBERT SWAN MUELLER III

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