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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:58:46 +0000
Subject: Re: your payment notification (ATM Mode of Payment)

Honorable Minister of Finance.
Abuja, Nigeria.
Service Email:
Office Number: +234-702 717 4556

Attention: Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract inheritance file presently on my desk, and we found out that you have not received your payment due to lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract /inheritance payment through your payment bank.

Secondly, you are hereby advice to stop dealing with them and the 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 neither through contract payment, inheritance (next of kin) payment, involve is E.g (Nigeria and Africa). After the board meeting held at our headquarters with the new honorable minister of finance; Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we have arranged your payment through our ATM Swift Card payment center, which is then instruction given by our minister of finance.

This payment center through ministry of finance will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your (fund)money in an ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($15,000.00) five thousand US Dollars per transaction. So, if you like to receive your fund this way,$15,000 USD for you to withdraw for a day and each transaction is $3,000 USD minimum which you have to withdraw $15,000 UDS for one working day also be informed that the total amount in the Swift ATM card is $10.5 million USD.

Kindly provide the following information

(1) Your full name:
(2) Your address where you want the payment center to send your ATM card through UPS Service:
(3) Phone and fax number:
(4) Age and Occupation:
(5) Your nearest international air port in your city of residence:
(6) Mode of payment: ATM card.

We shall be expecting to receive your information, you have to stop any further communication with anybody or office and not to send that thousands of dollar to them because we are investigating on your transaction through the Unite State FBI and Interpol. On this regards, do not hesitate to contact me for more details and direction, and also please do update me with any new development and send all the email you have receive so far to my office soon and also payment that you have made to enable us locate them.

Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-811) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.

We look forward to serving you better and you can call me with my Direct Office Number +234-702 717 4556.

Reply to this email address only: service email: , so that your ATM CARD can be issue to you.

Thanks for your co-operation and Waiting to hear from you soonest.

We look forward to serving you better.

Best regards,

Ms. Esther Martins, (OON)
Permanent Secretary to Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen
honorable minister of finance.

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