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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: "Lampard Eileen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 14:48:58 -0700
Subject: Payment Notification via ATM card

Address: HSBC Invoice Finance UK Ltd
21 Farncombe Road BN11 2BW,
United Kingdom.

ATM International credit Settlement.

Dear, Beneficiary

This is to officially notify you about your Fund that was suppose to be rendered to you via

numerous ways i.e,Courier Companies, Western Union Money Transfers and Banks. Due to this lost

of Funds of your's which was suppose to be given to you but failed to.So in this case, a

beneficial meeting was held on the 29th of April 2011 at the World Bank in Switzerland, which

top officials and Bank Governors from different countries in the world were present at the

meeting. Which they discussed on how your Fund can be given to you without any loss at this

time, which you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s)

to avoid any hitches in receiving your ATM payment. In conclusion at the meeting,The President

of World Bank Mr.Robert B.Zoellick has strictly authorized five (5) Banks in the World to

deliver all Funds through courier companies. Fund which is truly $2.8 Million Us Dollars to

all beneficiaries in various countries in the world as an ATM SWIFT CARD.

HSBC GROUP is one of the authorized Banks;

Hsbc Group Bank/London/England.

Each of this Banks are to distribute 150 ATM SWIFT CARDS to every beneficiaries in the World

that are to receive their compensation ATM CARD, so this Bank(HSBC GROUP) will send you your

ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the

world, but the maximum withdrawal is $50,000 USD per day while minimum withdrawal is $5,000

USD per day. Note that this ATM CARD of your's have been activated and a security pin code

number will be issued to you from this Bank as soon as you receive your ATM CARD for a safer

withdrawal.Please contact the ATM CARD payment department Manager Mr.John Harvey by sending

your information’s to him for an immediate response. Contacts of Mr.John Harvey are as below

Mr.John Harvey .Director of ATM payment department HSBC GROUP.

Office Telephone Line: +447024083970

NOTE:FOR NON APPEARANCES DO CONTACT Mr.John Harvey with the details below
Your Full Name:
Country/Your Address:
Contact Home/Cell Phone:
A Scan Copy of your Identity:

For oral discussion, you can reach Mr.John Harvey on email or call his office telephone line

given to you above as soon as you receive this important message.

Sincerely Your's,

Mrs.Lampard Eileen

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