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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: "ZENITH BANK PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 19:17:56 +0100

From: Mr. Jim Ovia
Managing Director
Zenith Bank PLC

Attention: Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that The Senate House Of Federal Replublic Of Nigeria is celebrating her 30th Anniversary and they are giving out donation to different people from diffrent countries by collecting emails and selecting 12 lucky winners through a balloting system. So therefore, you emerge to be one of the lucky winners and our bank was giving the legal right to issue out this cards to its rightful owner(s) due to my experience in banking which is the instruction given by our president, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar Adua (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Secondly, we have arranged your payment through our ATM card and the fund is $1,500,000.00USD and our ATM card center will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is ($5000) per transaction. So, if you like to receive your fund this way, $5000 USD for you to withdraw for a day and each transaction is $5000 USD minimum which you have to withdraw $5000 USD for one working day also be informed that the total amount in the SWIFT ATM CARD is $1,500,000.00USD.

So therefore, you are advice to provide the following information below for the shipment of your ATM Card:

1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Address where you want the payment center to send your ATM CARD:
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
(4) Age and Occupation:
(5) Your Nearest International Air Port in your City of residence:

Below you will find my contact details:

Name: Mr. Jim Ovia

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.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Best Regards,

Mr. Jim Ovia
CEO Zenith Bank Plc

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