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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: "Gaurantee Trust Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:23:03 +0100
Subject: Gtb Costomer service centre!!!

>From Guarantee Trust Bank/Atms
From: Mr Moses Fasiku
Remittance Manager
Phone Number: +234-808-897-4203

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contact inheritance file presently on my desk,and I found out that you have not received your

payment due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to your contract/inheritance payment.

Secondly, you are hereby advice to stop dealing with some 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. After the board meeting held at our headquarters,we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem, and as you may know, we

have arranged your payment through our SWIFT CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe,Middle East,America and Asia Pacific,which is then instruction given by our

president, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar Adua (GCFR) Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This BANK will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an A.T.M MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is $5,000.00

(Coverted to your local currency) Fifteen Thousand Us Dollars per transaction.So,if you like to receive your fund this way,$5,000 usd for you to withdraw for

a day and each transaction is $5,000usd (Coverted to your local currency) minimum which you have to withdraw $5,000 usd for one working day also be informed

that the total amount in the SWIFT ATM CARD is $2.250,000.00 (Two million two hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars).

(1) Your Full Name :
(2) Your Address where you want the payment centre 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:

We shall be expecting to receive your information 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.

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