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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:

Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:22:24 +0100


Prior to the debt re-payment agreements recently signed with the Federal
Government of Nigeria to assist them with the payment of their long
outstanding foreign contract debts and in view of an Irrevocable Payment
Approval Order (IPAO) received from Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Finance
Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria in your favour, I am obliged to
inform you that an ATM Card valued Twenty Seven Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars (US$27.5 Million Dollars) has been approved
for your payment and upgraded in your favour. Our ATM Services are fully
inter-switched and this allows you to make withdrawal from any location of
the ATM Centre of your choice nearest to you anywhere in the world.

Also, we have concluded delivery arrangement with an accredited courier
services company to oversee the delivery of your ATM card and your secret
pin number to you without further delay. However, the delivery cost of
your ATM card payment instrument shall remain your responsibility.
Following this therefore, you are required to offset the delivery cost of
your ATM card payment instrument immediately, as this is a facilitator to
the prompt delivery of your ATM card to your destination.

Your ATM Card and the secret pin number which is in a casing under seal
will be delivered to you in person within 72 hours of confirming the
payment of the delivery cost to us. Should this seal be broken on receipt,
please refer to the undersigned immediately. The delivery cost is not
deductible at source due to the payment structure and security adopted. Be
aware that all relevant documents/certificates related to the
origin/source of this fund shall be attached to your ATM Card to avoid
interception, interrogation and delay by the customs or other concerned

Should you have preference to a particular time and day of visitation,
please do let us know in order to advise the Courier Company accordingly.
Also, be informed that whatever instrument you are going to present to the
staff of the courier company as your identity on his arrival to your
destination for clarification, has to be forwarded to us for registration
with the courier company for security reasons. And once registered, that
shall remain your ‘ONLY’ proven identity. In conclusion, we want a
reconfirmation of the following from you:
(A) Your current mailing address, where you want your ATM card payment
instrument to be delivered.
(B) Your direct telephone number for easy communication.

Kindly expedite action.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Edward Appiah
Director ATM Services Ecobank Ghana Limited.
Direct Telephone Number: +233 509 732959

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