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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: "Oceanic Bank ATM Department" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 10:47:06 -0700
Subject: Immediate ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification

*From The Desk Of:
Dr Tunde Fasheun,
International Settlement Dept.
Oceanic Bank International Plc

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 To 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 And Also Send The Following Information As Listed Below.

1. Full Name
2. Phone And Fax Number
3. Address Were You Want Them To Send The ATM Card To
(P.O Box Not Acceptable)
4. Your Age And Current Occupation
5. Attach Copy Of Your Identification

We Have Been Mandated By The ECOWAS Parliament To Issue Out $2.6 Million As
Part Payment For 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-3914) So You Have To Indicate This Code When Contacting The
Card Center By Using It As Your Subject.

Now contact our ATM center Manager for more details. Dr Tunde Fasheun<>

I Wait For Your Expedite Response.

Yours In Service,*

*Dr Tunde Fasheun,
lnternational Settlement Dept.
Oceanic bank international plc*

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