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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: First Bank<>
Date: 07 Dec 2018 06:28:45 +0300

Dr. Adesola Adeduntan
Director Foreign Operation
Department ATM card
First Bank of Nigeria.


After extensive close door meeting with board of directors and
other stakeholders in the Government

including subcommittees ofthe house of Assembly and the House of
Rep Federal Republic of Nigeria. It

was resolved and agreed upon that your fund would be released on
a special method off payment, by Tag

name Reads Swift Credit Card.

This method of payment is designed by the Government to avert
fraud perpetration or stoppage of fund

by some agences. Either through Anti Terrorist Certificate or
other Certificates. This Swift Credit

Card would be issued to you as soon as you respond to this email,
this Bank hasbeen mandated to take

charge of the issuance of the swift credit card and your payment
file should be passed to my desk for


Upon certification that your payment file is OK, this office will
direct you on how to receive your

over due fund via ATM Swift Credit Card. But please note that we
can not be able to pay you the full

payment due to inadequate fund, we will only pay you the sum of
five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) as

part payment, please bear with us and we promised to make an
arrangement for your remaining payment in

five months time in the light of this aformentioned, your are
required to furnish this office with the

following information:

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Next of Kin Name:
Date of Birth:
Your Telephone number:

The card would be issued in your favour, and all your information
will be inserted into the card. Upon

completion of this issuance of the credit card, it will be send
to you together with the access PIN

Number via Courier to your residential address. Do reply to the
below email address

( as we proceed with your payment

Yours Faithfully
Dr. Adesola Adeduntan
First Bank Nig. Ltd.

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