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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: frank nweke <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 16:40:21 +0100

ATM CARD PAYMENT FOR FUND BENEFICIARIESOFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONSINTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENTCENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.ATTENTION:BENEFICIARY,I am Mr.Frank Nweke, national special adviser to President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Federal Republic of Nigeria this is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/inheritance file and found out that why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract /inheritance payment.Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act like this has to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem.Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific, that is the latest instruction by the President Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Federal Republic of Nigeria.This card center will send you an atm card which you will use to withdraw your money in any atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is twenty thousand dollars per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way please let us know by contacting the card payment center and also send the following information:1.Your full name2.Phone and fax number,3.Address were you want them to send the atm card4.Your age and current occupation5.A copy of your identityMr.Frank Nweke.International Credit SettlementCell Phone:+234-8087255311
card.center12@hotmail.comThe ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out $8,300,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2007. Also for your information you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s). This is to avoid any hitches in finalizing your payment.Call me on my direct number:+234-8087255311 or email back as soon as you receive this important message for further direction in this regards and also update me on any development from the above mentioned office.Note: that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct,which is (811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center. (Mr. Frank Nweke)International Credit SettlementCell
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