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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: "Head International Banking Division" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 07:05:07 -0700

Head International Banking Division
OUR REF:... /PCFPT/035/ZT08
Date: 03-07-2010.

Congratulations on behalf of this Board and management. After a thorough
review/evaluation of your Inheritence fund by our Board of Evaluation in
conjunction with the World Bank Auditor Generalinlcluding the assessment
report, we have been mandatedto pay with reference to your file.

Below are the details of your card:

CARD TYPE: Inter-Switched ATM Card powered by VISA Card International

WITHDRAWAL LIMIT: $5,000 Per day

CARD VALUE: $2.OOO.000 USD Only (Two Million United State Dollars Only)
TRANSACTION LIMIT: free to transact at any ATM Cash point as well change
the pin code on receipt.

Meanwhile to facilitate the Release of your ATM Card, we shall issue you
IRREVOCABLE GUARANTEE ORDER tomorrow from the Presidency along with specimen
copy of your ATM Card for indication and authentication of your ATM Card
payment by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Endeavour to confirm to me that you have received this important notice by call
or reply (
I expect your immediate response.
Yours sincerely
Darry Johnson
Head International Banking Division
24/7 Banking Administrative Service
Tel: +2348065454985

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