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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:45:19 +0100
Subject: Re: Immediate Contact The ATM Department For Your ATM Master Card

Dear Beneficiary;

This is to officially notify you that we have verified your payment
inherritage file presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not yet
receive your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the
obligations given to you in respect to your contract payment.

Secondly, you are adviced to stop any dealing with some non-officials in the
bank as this is an illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to
receive your payment immediately. Note that we have entered into November
which is the final segment of our foreign payment in this physical year 2008

After the board meeting held last week, we have resolved in finding a
solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment
through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America, Africa and Asia
Pacific, which is the instruction given by our president, Dr.Thomas Yayi
Boni (RB) Republic of Benin.

This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw
your money from any ATM office in your locations in any part of the world,
but the maximum is ($1,500.00) per transaction and you can withdraw 3 times
par day which is $4,500.00 So if you like to receive your fund this way,
please due re-confirm the followings as stated below:

1. Full Name
2. Phone And Fax Number
3. Address To Send The ATM Card
4. Your Age And Current Occupation
5. Attach Copy Of Your Identification

We shall be expecting to receive your information and you have stop any
further communication with anybody or office. On this regards, do not
hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do
update me with any new development.

You are advice to contact the department center with below email address and
phone for immediate release of your payment card to you

E-mail address:
Ebube Anam Festus: International settlement Officer
Phone: +229 97 23 89 56

Thanks for your co-operation.
Best Regards,
Mr James Ntu


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