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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: "d_ike6" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 12:29:39 +0200

Attn:My Dear,

This is to inform you about my success in transfering your money into an
master card to curtail the risk of carrying huge amount of money arround.We
the peole that coded this amount of money in the card and we are going to
you how to make use of it.Presently i'm out of the coutry for investing my
own part of the total money.

Meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me
in moving the cash despite that both of us could not make it.Now contact ATM
PAYMENT DEPARTMENT and their email address is( ask
to send you the sum of eight hundred and fifty thousand us dollars
($850.000.00) in an ATM MASTER CARD which i kept for your compensation for
the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.this card centre
send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM
machine in any part of the world, the maximum is Five Thousand United State
Dollars per day.

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,So feel free and get in
touched with the ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT and instruct them on where to send
total share of the money to you.Therefore do not hesitate to contact Oceanic
Bank Benin ATM payment department centre and also re-confirm the following
information as listed below:

1. Full Name
2. Address were you want them to send the ATM card
3. Phone number (private)
4. Your age and current occupation
5. Country Name and Code

Forward the above inforamation to:
Dr. mike Williams,Director, ATM payment department Oceanic Bank Benin
Republic. Direct line:+229-93-480-438,

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
together after all the sufferness at that time. In the moment, i am very
here investing with my new partner.Remember that you are going to pay a
reactivation fee.The reason for the reactivation fee is that the account has
been there for a long time while the government was doing serious
investigations on the right owner of the money before this conclusion was

Finally, I have forwarded instructions to the DEPARTMENT to send the
Confirmable ATM MASTER CARD to you, so feel free to get in touch with the
DEPARTMENTand they will send the CARD to you without any delay. DO FAST AND

Best Regards,
Barr.David Ike,

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