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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: "From Gov. Sanusi Lamido." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:15:26 -0700
Subject: Attention: Honourable Beneficiary,

Central Bank of Nigeria #2 Tinubu square, Victoria Island,
Lagos Nigeria Federal republic of Nigeria (ATM card payment notification).
Office of the director of operation International credit settlement,
Central bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Attention: Honourable Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract / inheritance file and found out that why you have not
received your payment are because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract / inheritance payment.

Right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center Asia pacific, which is the latest
instruction from our new elected president who was sworn in on the 8 of Nov 2008 as the new president of Nigeria, alhaji
umaru musa yar'adua. Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This card center will send you an interswitch ATM master credit card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world, but the maximum is one thousand five hundred dollars per day, so if you like to receive your fund this way please let us know by contacting the card payment center and also send the following information:

1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to (P.o box not acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation
5. A copy of your identification

However, kindly find below the contact person:

Mr. Ola Steven.
Contact Agent In charge email:
Direct phone: +234-(80)65769634

The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out $3.5, 000.000.00 as first part quarter payment for this fiscal year 2010. Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM payment.

For oral discussion, 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-831) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Sanusi Lamido.
Governor Of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Information contained this email is confidential and intended for the addresses only. Any dissemination, distribution,
copying or use of this communication without prior permission from the addressee is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication, please delete it permanently without copying, disclosing or otherwise using its contents, and notify the sender immediately.

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