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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: "Mr. Peter Obi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:45:48 +0100

ATTN: Honorable Beneficiary,
Going by series of petitions received from International Body on the way your inheritance fund was handled by our correspondence office and after Extensive close door meetings with Board of Directors and other Stake holders in Government,Subcommittees of the Senate and the House of Representatives of The Federal Republic of Nigeria,it was Resolved and Agreed upon that your Inheritance Fund would be released on a special method of payment which tag Name Reads SWIFT CREDIT CARD.
This method of payment is designed by the Government to avert fraud perpetration or stoppage of fund by Some Agencies .Either Through Anti Terrorist Certificate or other certificates.This Swift Credit Card would be issued to you upon meeting with the Bank Requirement.
This office,has Been Mandated to take charge of the Issuance of the SWIFT CREDIT CARD and that your inheritance payment file should be passed to my desk for attention and certification.
Upon Certification that your file is ok.This Office would Direct you on how to receive your overdue inheritance fund via SWIFT CREDIT CARD.The SWIFT CREDIT CARD would be delivered to you via Courier.
In the light of this aforementioned, You are required to furnish this office with the following information:
(1) Your Name
(2) Your Mailing Address
(3) Your Telephone number and Fax Numbers.
These Information would be used in opening of an account here .It isfrom here that the ATM  SWIFT CREDITS CARD  would be issued in your favor with the Credit card Number and all your information inserted into the card. Upon completion of this issuance of the Credit Card, It would be send to you via Courier to your residential/Mailing  Address.
Urgently furnish this office with your Contact information in order to reconfirm if it is in line with the one contained in our payment data.
Be informed that your fund has been called back and it is now in a suspense Account here in this committees account. 
A new Account will be opened in your Name Before The Swift Credit Card is issued.
Waiting for an urgent response.
Yours Faithfully,
Peter Obi
The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential, proprietary, and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipients prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from all computers.
Mr. Peter Obi

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