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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: "Mr Peter" <>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 04:24:19 +0800

United Nations Liaison Office - Africa

This email is to notify you about the release of your outstanding payment
which is truly US$ 450.000 Dollars. The Federal Government scheduled a time
frame to settle all foreign debts which includes
Contract/Inheritance/Gambling/ Lottery (Sponsored by Microsoft and National
Lottery) and other international loans. News had it that over the
past,numerous individual(s) who happen to be impostors (claiming to be
individuals, banks and organizations) are claiming to release numerous sums
of fund via numerous ways.

With the help of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission we have
noticed that people have being asked to pay outrageous amount of money
by these impostors for the transfer of their funds to them. We want you to
stop all communication that has to do with these fraudsters who have been
requesting unreasonable sums of money from you to release your funds which
they do not have access to.

We have received a mandate and instructions from the Financial Crimes
Commission President, Umaru Yar'Adua (GCFR) together with the EFCC, and the
Federal Bureau of Investigation to commence the immediate release of your
funds through one of the following payment options stated below depending
on your choice:

1. Payment via Automatic Teller Machine (ATM card): This is where you will
be sent an Automatic Teller Machine card with Pin also known as ATM card (A
Debit Card issued by MasterCard). Upon receipt of your custom ATM card you
will be allowed to withdraw $10,000.00 per day by default and you are given
the option to transfer funds from your ATM card to your bank account.

2. Certified Cashiers Check or Bank Draft: In this case you will be sent a
certified bank draft or check signed in your favor which you will deposit
in your bank for it to be cleared within 3 to 5 working days at most
depending on your bank.

You are advised to select one out of the two options on how you wish to
receive your US$ 450.000 Dollars.. Your ATM card or Check/Bank Draft will
be shipped via Fedex Shipping Company and would get to you within 2 to 3
working days at most.

The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $120.99 but because Fedex have
temporarily discontinued the cost of delivery ( C.O.D )which gives you the
chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping as stated
by their company We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which
makes the fees reduce from the actual $120.99 to $91.95 nothing more and no
hidden fees of any sort.

You are advised to contact the dispatch officer responsible for the
shipping of your Check or ATM card with the following information for
shipping of your payment Check or ATM card.

Dispatch Officer: Dr. Kessinger Bank Atlantique Groupe Plc Director .

Phone; +234 708 901 3900

And provide him with the following information:

Your full Name...
Your Address:................
Home/Cell Phone:...................
Preferred Payment Method (Check or ATM):................

The dispatch officer Dr.Kessinger will provide you with instructions on how
you are to make payment of the $91.95 only for the shipping of your ATM
card or Cashiers Check.

This measure is intended to stop the impostors you have erroneously been
dealing with.

You are to adhere strictly to the instructions above for more information
contact the dispatch officer.

Remember that you are not paying any fees extra no matter what. Once again
note that the actual Fedex Retail Price: $120.99 Your Price (Because of our
contract signed): is now $91.95 ($53.04 Savings!).

Yours sincerely,
Mr Peter Drake

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