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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: "Mrs Gee Pascal" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:18:17 -0800

I am Mrs Gee Pascal, GOVERNOR,ATM CARD (BCEAO) . The attached picture was taken in my
office where i was serving verification documents to the White men Mr Gabriel Evans and
Mr Alan Mills who stormed my office in bank of the Blac Gentleman (on white African
attire). the black man Mr Fred Johnson claimed to be your representative and the
supervisory Engineer that supervised and certified your money execution that was shifted
from the previous Paying Institute to the ATM Company They said that you Marrietta Mae
Bacigalupo.......16156 half circle drive Pengilly,mn 55775 , USA were dead and before
your death, you appointed them as the next of kin to your payment with Registration No;
Eg2272 ,Security Code No: 01721457 and PACKAGE No : JKT0014523 in amount $3.5m USD fund
presently under our custody these two whitemen and the black gentleman quickly applied
that your Inherited fund should be presented to them at the spot. The Official
responsible for the presentation of consignment quickly granted approvals to their
application and packaged the fund for them to go with it and the have $285 to pay for the
delivery fee .
When the ATM Company DEPATMENT(BCEAO) airway bill Note was submitted to my desk for final
Approvals before forwarding it to them for endoresment, I noticed that there are
discrepancies as there was no evidence of authorisation letter from you for the change of
beneficiary. I urgently summoned The Official responsible for the presentation of the
fund and directed him to stop the movement of the funds and at the same time placed a
stop order instruction on the funds pending when your views and comments are received
with regards to this matter. Please study the attached photograph and call me urgently
for your comments which will be highly appreciated, but we will not hesitate to continue
the payment transmission to them if no response comes from you.Than i will no that what
their said is truth. Contact Mr.Markly Stephen
as your silence will be a clear indication that you authorised them to effect the above
changes THIS IS CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS( ) , contact him with the following information for proper verification and claim processing:

Full Name:..................
Delivery Address:...........
Phone Number:...........
Fax Number:..........
NOTE:- You are also required to send along a means of Identification which can be a scan
copy of your Driver\'s License or International Passport for identification on delivery.
BEST Mrs Gee Pascal

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