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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:

Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 07:21:10 -0800
Subject: Intercontinental Bank Accrued Interest Payment Advise.

*Intercontinental Bank Nigeria PLC
International Remmittance Department.
No. 1, Agudosi Street ,Alaba International Market
Alaba, Lagos.Nigeria.

Accrued Interest File Number: 49220IB109.

Dear Sir/Madam.


This is to officially inform you that the sum of *US$850,000,00(Eight And
Fifty Hundred Thousand Dollars) has been accrued as interest on your
initial deposit of your Inheritance/Lotto/Contract fund*s which was
deposited with our bank before the principal sum was withdrawn by the
Federal Government of Nigeria last *December 2011 *and directed us to
release the accrued interest to you without further delays as the rightful
beneficiary which our bank has fully obliged.

You are therefore advice to contact our *Managing Director,Mr.Mahmud Lai
Alabi on Telephone No: 234-234-8090-718221.. and fax 234-1-759-1269 or
Email him on: for more directives on your
accrued interest payment.*

Equally, note that you are required to forward your bank information
including copies of any form of identifications as the accrued interest
beneficiary. We would appreciate your urgent response regarding the above
information, as this will enable our bank to expedite action without delay,
also be informed that we can raise an Intercontinental *Bank ATM Gold Debit
Master to that tune in your favour hence your accrued interest amount is
not huge which of course the ATM Debit card will be very easy and cheaper
for you,make your choice and call the bank MD as above now for prompt
actions and immediate payment,and if you wish to be paid via Bank Wire
Transfe*r please advise as well so that we will proceed with the transfer
of your Accrued Interest funds as above.

Please note that reconfirmation of your *Inheritance/Lottery numbers and
amount is pertinent for final scrutiny to avoid diversion of your funds.
You are urgently instructed to call the Intercontinental Bank Managing
Director Mr.Mahmud Lai Alabi on his direct phone and email as above for
immediate actions and payment, please follow his instructions if you are
ready to receive your accrued interest payment from this bank as this is
just an interest payment and not the initial sum that was withdrawn by the
Nigerian Government,all Accrued Interest Funds Release Documents has been
procured in your favour for your transfer as you are only obliged to pay
the cost for the Non Resident Tax Clearance Fees (NRTC) to the Nigerian
Government prior to the release of your US$850,000,00 Accrued Interest
Funds as instructed to our ban*k.

Please do acknowledge this mail urgently and call the *Bank Managing
Director for the prompt payment of your Accrued Interest payment as
instructed by the Federal Government of Nigeria and Certified by the
FBI/CIA Agency in United Kingdom through out UK office in London*.


Mrs.Veronica Awosika
Bank Secretary/Legal Adviser
Intercontinental Bank Nigeria Plc.*

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