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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Global Atlantis Asset Recovery Group Plc Benin Republic" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <globalatlantis-argps@katamail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 14:02:21 +0200
Subject: URGENT ANTTENTION NEEDED

Global Atlantis Asset Recovery Group Plc Benin Republic
AV.PK,10 BP 4132 COTONOU 01,
BENIN REPUBLIC.
TEL: +229 9854-4887
EMAIL:mr.neil.grant.globalatlantis-argp@globalatlantis-argp.org
 
 
Attention: Beneficiary
RE: YOUR FUNDS HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
 
We are delighted to inform you that after critical examinations of the whole process, that the UNITED NATIONS BENIN Commission have finally give the authority and approved the Atlantis Asset Recovery Group Plc to settle your due over payment, the sum of Five Million Pounds (5,000,000GBP) in a swift action and unconditionally.
 
Presently, I am mandated to inform you once again that the authorities are ready to pay all the people who were victimized by those corrupt officials according to the order of the human right commission. So, be notified that your names are among the 15 Names in the first batch who are to receive the first payment, but it is left for you as the beneficiary to show your interest on the fund.
 
As a matter of fact, this office will not entertain your further dealings with any third party to avoid duplication of effort on your payment process in other to serve you better otherwise your payment will be cancelled. We are out to correct the wrong done in the past by your representative but all we want from you is your utmost co-operation and kind understanding by adhering to the lay down instruction.
 
It is our concern that you should discontinue any other further communications with any person/persons claiming to be working with any other department / Security company henceforth as they have been stopped any official assignment on behalf of the affiliated bank to avoid any duplication of efforts in diverting your funds to a wrong account.
 
Please, We hereby once again express our sympathy with you over the whole situation that had culminated in the whole delay in the payment of your funds as we want you to comply with the us even as we assure you of a quickest remittance of your funds into your account, as officials of the (ASRG) are currently reaching out to all awaiting foreign beneficiaries for their payment after due process.
 
In view of the above instructions, you have to indicate your preferred mode of payment. The options available to you are as follows:
 
1) WIRE TRANFER THROUGH OUR BANK TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT.
2) THROUGH CASH PAYMENT, IT WILL BE DELIVER TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS.
3) BY ATM VISA CARD, IT WILL ALSO BE DELIVER TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS.
 
Please advise us as soon as possible to enable us start the processing and we shall let you know the cost for processing any method you choose from above.
 
We await your urgent acknowledgement of this letter before the enforced deadline. For official status and security reason reconfirms your details as it is stated below only to Dr Fabric Oliver, Direct via e-mail: mr.neil.grant.globalatlantis-argp@globalatlantis-argp.org
 
Your Full name:...................
Banking coordinates:...........
Telephone number:..............
Physical address:.................
 
Yours Sincerely in Service.
Mr.Neil Grant
Secretary: Atlantis Asset Recovery Group Plc.
 

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