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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: "REGINALD IHEJIAHI" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:58:53 +0100
Subject: RE: OK,,,,,,,,,

Logo
 
 
FIDELITY BANK PLC,REF:(FBPLC/1414LAG). 
 
ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY
 
AM SO SORRY FOR GETTING BACK TO YOU VERY LATE,YOUR $6.5MILLION USD IS STILL LYING DOWN UNCLAIMED IN OUR BANK TREASURY.I HELD A MEETING WITH BOARD OF TRUSTEE CONCERNING YOUR ISSUE AND WE FINALIZE TO RELEASE YOUR FUND TO YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE ALREADY CONFIRM YOU AS THE SOLE BENEFICIARY.I WOULD HAVE ASK YOU TO PROVIDE TO ME YOUR BANK ACCOUNT TO TRANSFER YOUR FUND TO YOU WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DELAY BUT WE HAVE RESCHEDULE OUR STYLE OF PAYMENT JUST TO AVOID BANK AND INTERNET HACKERS,WE HAVE SCHEDULE TO LOAD YOUR $6.5MILLION USD INTO THE ATM SWIFT CARD WHICH YOU CAN WITHDRAW IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD.
 
THIS ATM SWIFT CARD WORK EFFICIENTLY LIKE VISA MASTER CARD AND AMEX CASH CARD,WE SHALL LOAD ON YOUR FUND INTO THE CARD THEN SEND IT TO YOU THROUGH COURIER SERVICE.I WILL LIKE YOU TO RECONFIRM YOUR FULL INFORMATION BELOW..
 
FULL NAME.....
 
FULL ADDRESS....
 
MOBILE NUMBER...
 
DATE OF BIRTH....
 
OCCUPATION.
INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT/DRIVING LICENSE
 
I WILL LIKE TO INFORM YOU  TO PROVIDE YOUR CORRECT ADDRESS COS THAT IS WHERE WE SHALL SEND YOUR ATM SWIFT CARD TO,WE WILL PACKAGE THE ATM SWIFT CARD WITH SOME LITTLE DOCUMENT IN IT INCLUDING THE NOTE OF INSTRUCTION HOW THE ATM CARD WORKS AND THEN YOUR PASSWORD.THE ATM SWIFT CARD IS UNLIMITED SERVICE,WHICH MEANS  YOU CAN WITHDRAW UP TO $350,000USD PER DAY AND YOU CAN WITHDRAW YOUR MONEY IN ANY ATM MACHINE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
 
YOUR $6.5 MILLION USD HAD BEEN LOADED INTO YOUR ATM SWIFT CARD AND YOU CAN EASILY WITHDRAW ALL YOUR MONEY IN ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.PLEASE GET BACK WITH YOUR INFORMATION AND THE MOST PARAMOUNT IS YOUR ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT US TO SEND THE ATM CARD TO.IMMEDIATELY AFTER WE RECEIVE YOUR INFORMATION,WE SHALL GO RIGHT AWAY TO THE FEDEX COMPANY TO DISPATCH YOUR PACKAGE CONTAINING YOUR ATM CARD THEN LATER GET BACK TO YOU WITH YOUR PACKAGE TRACKING NUMBER SO AS TO AVOID IMPERSONATION OR DIVERSION OF ADDRESS.PLEASE MAKE SURE THERE WAS NO MISTAKES IN YOUR INFORMATION TO AVOID IMPERSONATION.
N.B.PLEASE DO REPLY THROUGH THE PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS BELLOW:
fidelitybplc@blumail.org
 
WE WILL BE WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.
 
SINCERELY,
 
Dr. Reginald Ihejiahi.
MANAGING DIRECTOR 
 
REGINALD IHEJIAHI - M.D. & Chief Executive
REGINALD IHEJIAHI - M.D. & Chief Executive

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