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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: "information" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 08:46:11 -0400
Subject: Unpaid-Beneficiary Through ATM CARD!!!

It is obvious that you have not received your fund due to lack of payment for
the bank, cost of transfer or the documents, and also due to past corrupt
Nigeria Governmental Officials and with the foreign Banks, who almost held
the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have
taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has
led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of
your fund.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations have
successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his
Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan to boost the exercise of clearing all
foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have
been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling,
Inheritance and the likes.

Now your payment will be send to you by ATM card that will be coming
alongside a custom pin which you will use to withdraw up to $10,000 per day
from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it. Also with the ATM
card you will be able to transfer your funds to your bank account. The ATM
card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it.
Your ATM CARD payment would be sent to you via UPS or FedEx. Because we have
signed a contract with them which should expired in one Month time.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS and Fedex
website to confirm people like you who have received their payment

Tracking Number: H7909125721
Tracking Name: E MNAICKER

Click on the Link Below and Put the Tracking number Above;

To effect the release of your Compensation fund valued at $1.8million through
ATM CARD, you are advised to contact the director of payment and delivery
officer Below;

Name: Mr. Kenneth Adoga
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +234-807-140-3362

On contacting him do provide him with the following information’s:

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Home/Cell Phone:

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Tina Ibru
Nigerian Payment Representative Officer.
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol

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