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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:10:15 +0100

Oceanic Bank International Plc.
Address:Plot 270 Ozumba Mbadiwe,
Victoria Island, Lagos.
Director, Debit Card.
Dept.Special Payment Scheme.
From: Mr Adewale Bright.
Amount: US$5.5 Million


This is to officially inform you that ATM card number: 5179 1234 5678 9120 worth Five Million Five Hundred Thousand($5.5Million usd) has been credited in your favor in bid to compensate you on your contract payment since you are next on our inheritance file for the Second part of this fiscal Year 2011.The card center will send you an ATM CARD which you
will use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE in the world.

Your personal identification is ATM- 7997. Contact the verification officer Mr Adewale Bright for proper verification and claim processing

Full Name ------
Address -------
Country ---------
Occupation -------
Phone ---------
Fax --------
Age --------------

You are also required to send to the verification officer/agent a means of Identification

which should be a scan copy of your Driver's License or
International Passport for proper verification and authentication.

Mr Adewale Bright

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