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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: "johnkoko1" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:33:16 +0100


Compliment of the Season.

This is to inform that your total sum of $2.500,000.00,has transfering
into Atm Master Card to curtail the risk of carrying huge amount of money
arround.These people that coded this amount of money in the card and they
are going to tell you how to make use of it.Now contact Atm Payment
Department and their email address is( )
ask them to send you the sum of ($2.500,000.00) in an ATM MASTER CARD.This
card centre will 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. ,So feel free and get in touched with
the ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT and instruct them on where to send your total
Amount of money.

Therefore do not hesitate to contact Oceanic Bank Benin ATM payment
department centre and also re-confirm the following information as listed

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:+,

Remember that you are going to pay a reactivation fee of $150. only, and it
is for the reactivation of your card against it's expiry before the delivery
is made.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 made.

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,

Mr, john koko

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