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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:
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:23:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: THE MANAGEMENT OF OCEANIC BANK (PLC) BENIN REPUBLIC
THE MANAGEMENT OF OCEANIC BANK (PLC) BENIN REPUBLIC.
Wishes to inform you that we are in receipt of our ATM Master Card issued
in your favour with amount of $2. 8MILLIOM USD only, from FedEx and they
told us to cancel the ATM Card, that you have refused to pay the mailing fee
of your ATM Card which was $100usd.
We are contacting you to know if true you are not serious to receive your
Wining Funds ATM Master Card and also you are now advised to contact our
Director General and tell him what is going on and why you asked FEDEX to
destroy your ATM Master Card for no reason. So my Dear you can let him know
what really happened or if you truly asked FEDEX to destroy your ATM Master
So Contact our Director General Office if you still want to receive your
ATM Card and plead with him that you did not ask FedEx to destroy your ATM
Master Card because our Director General Dr. Mike is not happy about what
FEDEX told us.
Contact Name: Dr. Mike laurent
Phone Number: +229 66178476.
Now try and Send him your informationâs
Your full name
Your full home and office address
Also your home and office telephone number to enable fast communication.
So try and get in touch with our Director General now because we have been
waiting to hear from you first just to know if you still want to receive
your ATM Master Card or not before we will take any action to cancel
unclaimed ATM Master Card. So feel free to get in touch with our BANK DIRECTOR
GENERAL Dr.Mike mAYI , because your ATM Card is with him right now and ask him
to send your ATM Master Card to you without any more delay and try to
re-confirm your address once again to him Just to avoid any mistake for the
With my best regards,