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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: "Dr. DAVID MARK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mgmike01@hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:29:53 +0100
Subject: ATM swift card payment notification


OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF SENATE



FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN PAYMENT

(RESOLUTION PANEL ON CONTRACT PAYMENT)

ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT

IKOYI-LAGOS NIGERIA

Tel:+234-8028264968



Urgent Beneficiary,



This is to officially inform you that we have verified your 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 inheritance

payment.Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none

officials in the bank your entire attempt to secure the release of the fund to

you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like these have to stop if

you wish to receive your payment this week 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 from MR.

PRESIDENT, ALHAJI UMARU YAR?ADUA (GCFR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. AND EFCC

NIGERIA As well the INTERPOL and FBI.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 twenty thousand dollars per day, so if you like to

receive

email address: (mgmike01@hotmail.com)

And also send the following information:



1. Your full name

2. Phone and fax number

3. Address where you want them to send the atm card

4. Your age and current occupation

5. Attach copy of your identification





The ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER has been mandated to issue out $4,000,000.00 as

part payment for this fiscal year 2009. 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. For oral discussion, call and email me

back as soon as you receive this important message for further direction 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

(ATM-822) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by

using it as your subject. Call me on the above number immedaitely.



Best Regards.

YOUR PAYMENT AGENT,

Dr. DAVID MARK

SENATE PRESIDENT

(Federal Republic of Nigeria

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