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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.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "DONALD EBERE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:21:33 -0600
Subject: ATTENTION ATM BENEFICIARY (ATM-822) .
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION
INTERNATIONAL CREDIT SETTLEMENT,
ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT (CBN)
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA.
URGENT ATTENTION BENEFICIARY
This is to officially inform you that we have verified
yourcontract/inheritance file and found out that why you have not received
your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you
respect of your contract/inheritance payment. Secondly we have been
informed that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank your
entire attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. We wish to advise
you that such an illegal act like these have to stop if you wish to receive
yourpayment since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem.Right
now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment
center Asia pacific that is the latest instruction from MR. PRESIDENTALHAJI
UMARU MUSA YARADUA.(GCFR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. AND EFCC NIGERIA. As
well as the INTERPOL and FBI.
This card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw
your money in any ATM MACHINE
in any part of the world, but the maximum is twenty thousand dollars per
And also send the following information:
1. Your full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM CARD
4. Your age and current occupation
5. Attach copy of your identification
The ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER has been mandated to issue out
$6,000,000.00 as part payment for this fiscal year 2009. Also for your
information,you have to stop any further communication with any other
office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your Payment.
For oral discussion, call and email me back as soon as you receive this
important message for further direction and also update me on any
development from the above-mentioned office.
Note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of
conduct, which is (ATM-822) so you have to indicate this code when
the card center by using it as your subject.
M. Donald Ebere.
Director, ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT (CBN)