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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: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Mike_Umeh.?=" <>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 10:19:41 +0200
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?YOUR_ATM_CARD.?=

My Dear Good Day,
I wish to let you know that I have waited for you for a very longtime now to come down here and pick up your bank draft but I did not hear from you till date, so then I went and deposited the US$750,000.00 Dollars Bank Draft/Cheque with the Bank Of Africa Benin Republic.
They have arranged your payment through their Swift Card Payment Center Asia Pacific, this Card Center will send you an Atm Card which you will use to withdraw your money from any Atm machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is $750,000.00 Per-hour and you can withdraw $7,500.00 Per-day.
Kindly contact the below person who is in possition to release your ATM Payment Card, with your information which they will use to send the card to you.
1; Your Complete Names.
2; Your Contact Address.
3; Your current Mobile Numbers.
However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your atm card.
Mr. Henry Iwueke,
Director ATM Payment Dept.
Bank Of Africa Benin-Cotonou.
Tel: +229 9722 4575.
Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your card before your draft gets expired, also know that you will be required to have the sum of $130dollars send to them for the Affidevit of Ownership
which they will procure on your behalf to authorize Them process Your ATM Card, before sending it to you.
Let me know as soon as you receive your card.
Mike Umeh.

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