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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: "DR KENDO" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 15:56:57 +0200
Subject: Your Name And Your Contact Details Was Given To This Office

*From The Desk Of Dr Justine Kendo
International Dept Settlement.
Apex International Bank*
Re:Immediate ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification


Your Name And Your Contact Details Was Given To This Office In Respect Of
Your Total lnherited/Contract Sum Owed To You Which You Have Failed To
Claim Because Of Either Non-Compliance Of Official Processes Or Because Of
Your Unbelief Of The Reality Of Your Genuine Payment.

We Wish To Bring To You The Solution To This Problem. Right Now We Have
Arranged Your Payment Through Our Swift Card Payment Centers, That Is The
Latest Instruction From Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)

This Card Center Will Send You An ATM DEBIT Card Which You Will Use To
Withdraw Your Money In Any ATM Machine In Any Part Of The World, So If You
Like To Receive Your Fund In This Way, Please Let Us Know By Contacting Us
Back with this necesary Informations As Listed Below after you might have
contacted the processing unit with the required informations.
1. Full Name

2. Phone And Fax Number

3. Address Were You Want Them To Send The ATM Card To (P.O Box Not

4. Your Age And Current Occupation

5. Attach Copy Of Your Identification

We Have Been Mandated By The ECOWAS Parliament To Issue Out $1 Million
usd in your favour This fiscal year 2008. Also For Your Information, You
Have To Stop Any Further Communication With Any Other Person (S) Or
Office(S) To Avoid Any Hitches In Receiving Your Payment.*

*Note That Because Of Impostors, We Hereby Issued You Our Code Of
Conduct,Which Is (ATM-202) So You Have To Indicate This Code When Contacting
The Card Center By Using It As Your Subject. *
* ================================================ You are advice to contact
them immediately with this contacts; *
*, *
*Tele +22993417928

Dr Justine Kendo
lnternational Dept Settlement .
Apex International Bank*
* *

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