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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:

Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 03:36:32 +0800 (MYT)
Subject: Compensation Notification (ATM-Y2K9)

Office Of The Senate President,
International credit Settlement,
ATM Compensation Funds

Attention: Category "A" Beneficiary.

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract/ inheritance file and found out that your among the lucky beneficiaries of the ATM Compensation Funds and why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect to your ATM Compensation Funds and Contract/inheritance payment.
Kindly re-confirm the following:

1) Your Full Name:
2) Phone:
3) Your Address:
4) Profession, Age and Marital Status:
Kindly Contact This Office, the Atm Payment Department Account Officer

Dr Alexander Duke
Diamond Bank Plc
+234-805-733-8231, +234-702-563-8330

This office has been mandated to issue to you an ATM card valued at $1.2m as initial payment for this first fiscal year 2009.
Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-Y2K9) so you have to indicate this code when contacting this office by using it as your subject.

Kind Regards,
Alhaji Usman Aziz
International Credit Settlement
Office Of The Senate President,
Federal Republic Of Nigeria

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