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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: "michael james" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 00:52:41 -0700
Subject: call me as soon as you receive this mail on my direct telephone number


BENEFICIARY This Is To Officially Inform You That We Have Verified Your
Contract/Inheritance File And Discovered Reasons Why You Are Yet To Receive
Your Payment. It Is Because Of Irregularities And Complications Discovered
On Your Payment File By Our Technical Experts In Respect To Your Contract
/Inheritance Payment Requirements Which Have Just Been Duly
Rectified.Meanwhile, We Have Been Informed That You Are Still Dealing With
Impostors And Non Recommended Officials In The Bank. Such Acts Must Stop
For Security Reasons if you wish to receive Your Payment.We obtained an
irrevocable payment guarantee on your Payment from the Presidency we are
happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/instructions; your
Entire Inheritances fund has been Credited in your favor through ATM card.
You are therefore advised you send your contact TO this office for your atm
card payment

DIRECTOR ATM SWIFT CARD CENTREOur International Audit unit, United Nations
Liaison Office in NIGERIA To collect your original payment slip with your
ATM card. They will issue you an ATM card that you can use to withdraw money
in any ATM machine any part of the world, but AMOUNT IS 22.7million pounds
AND YOU CAN Withdrew The Maximum OF Is 0ne Thousand five hundred Dollars
Per Day in any atm mechine in any part of the world, So If You Like To
Receive Your Fund, Please indicate your information's to Swift Card Cente

1) Your full name.

2) Phone, fax and mobile #.

3) Profession, age and marital status.

4) Copy of Drivers License I .D.

5) Amount $ and Contract Number

6) Home Equity {YES OR NO}.

7) Address Where You Want Them to Send the Card

Through Diplomatic Courier Please Indicate To The Card Center The Total Sum
You Are Expecting And For Your Information You Have To Stop Any Further
Communication With Any Institution Or Office Until You Receive The ATM
Card. Note: Because of Impostors, We Hereby Issue You Our Code of Conduct
Tag Number Which Is (811) So You Must Have To Indicate This Code When
Contacting the Card Center .We Await Your Urgent Response.


DIRECT TELEPHONE NO+234 806_2136084

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