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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: Algirdas Grybas <>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:03:29 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: ATM Transaction Code:EA2948-910.

ATM Transaction Code:EA2948-910.

Federal Bureau Of
J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington D.C
+229 99 88


This is to officially inform you that it has come to our
notice and we have thoroughly investigated by the help of our Intelligence
Monitoring Network System that you are having a Legal transaction with one
personnel in Benin. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the
Reason why you have not received your payment is because you did not fulfill
your complete Financial Obligation giving to you in respect to your Contract.

So therefore, We have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance in Benin
on your behalf and they gave a solution to your problem/lost Funds by arranging
a compensation payment in total sum of $800,000.00 USD in an international
certified ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money any where in the world,
hence you now have the lawful right to claim your fund in the ATM CARD by
contacting the ATM CARD CENTER.Proceed and contact the ATM CARD CENTER for their
requirements to procure your Approval Slip which contains details of your
PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PIN) that you would use in activating and
operating your ATM CARD in any ATM Machine close to you, please note that to
procure your Approval Slip it would cost you $155.00 only, Since the Federal
Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction,

You are rest
assured that this transaction is 100% risk free so do contact the ATM CARD
CENTER to let you know how to make payment for the procurement of your Approval
Slip which is the only payment needed for the processing and delivery of your
ATM CARD respectively to your designated address. Please reconfirm the required
information below for the effective delivery of your ATM CARD.

Complete contact/delivery.
phone/fax numbers.

Also below are the contact details of the ATM CARD
official for you to proceed Immediately to procure your Approval Slip containing

Mr.Donarld Koka.
Email: (Just Click Reply to the Message and reply to this
Notice) or contact us through this e-mail (  )
Phone. +229 99 88 3009

We do
await your quick response earnestly so we can proceed with our Investigation and
make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you accordingly without

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.
Hope to hear from
you soonest.

FBI Director.
Mr. Robert .S. Mueller

Note: Disregard any email you get from impostors or offices claiming
to be in Possession of your ATM CARD, you are advised only to be in contact with
Mr.Donarld Koka. of the ATM CARD CENTER who is the rightful person you are
suppose to deal with regarding your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any email you
get from impostors to this office so we could act on it for subsequent

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