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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: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 13:59:11 -0300
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,

TELEPHONE: 206-666-5283
FAX: 206-666-5283

Attention: Beneficiary,

Records show that you are among one of the individuals and
organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from
overseas which includes those of Lottery/Gambling, Contract and
Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have also noticed that
over the past you have been transacting with some imposters and
fraudsters who have been impersonating the likes of Prof. Soludo of
the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Anderson, Wallace
Fred, none officials of Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young of
HSBC, Smith Williams, Daniel Wilson, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Philip Morgan,
Dr. Usman Shamsuddeen and some imposters claiming to be The Federal
Bureau of Investigation.

The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI gathered information from the
Internet Crime Complaint Center (ICCC) formerly known as the Internet
Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) of how some people have lost outrageous
sums of money to these imposters. As a result of this we hereby advise
you to stop communication with any one not referred to you by us.

We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance that your
payment totaling Two million and three hundred thousand us dollars
will be released to you via a custom pin based ATM card with a maximum
withdrawal limit of Three thousand us dollars a day which is powered
by Visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world were you see a Visa
Card Logo on the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM). We have advised that
this should be the only way a which you are to receive your payment
because it?? more guaranteed, since over Fifteen billion us dollars
was lost on fake cheque last year 2011.

We guarantee 100% receipt of your payment, because we have perfected
everything in regards to the release of your Two million and three
hundred thousand us dollars to be 100% risk free and free from any
hitches as its our duty to protect citizens of the United States of
America. (This is as a result of the mandate from US Government to
make sure all debts owed to citizens of American which includes
Inheritance, Contract, Gambling/Lottery etc are been cleared for the
betterment of the current economic status of the nation and its
citizens as he has always believed Our Time for Change has come
because Change can happen).

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from FedEx
website to confirm people like you who have received their payment

Name : Donny Peterson: FedEx Tracking Number: 870456747216
Name : Angela L.Johnson: FedEx Tracking Number: 870456750392

To redeem your fund you are hereby advised to contact the ATM Card
Center via email for their requirement to proceed and procure your
Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your ATM Release Order
on your behalf which will cost you 260us dollars only nothing more and
no hidden fees as everything else has been taken cared of by the
Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so
all you will ever need to pay is 260us dollars only.

Contact Information
Name: Lucas Thompson

Do contact Lucas Thompson of the ATM Card Center via his contact
details above and furnish him with your details as listed below:

Your full Name:
Your Address:
Home/Cell Phone:

On contacting him with your details your files would be updated and he
will be sending you the payment information in which you will use in
making payment of 260us dollars via Western Union Money Transfer for
the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of
your ATM Release Order. After which the delivery of your ATM card will
be effected to your designated home address without any further delay,
extra fee or any authority raising eyebrow.

Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your
package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of
everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not
receive your ATM CARD Shippment Confirmation within the next 24hrs
after you have made the payment for shipping.

Once again we are so sure of you receiving your payment at no any
other cost as we have taking it upon our duty to monitor everything in
other to cub cyber crime that is perpetrated by those impostors.

Thanks and hope to read from you soon.


TELEPHONE: 206-666-5283
FAX: 206-666-5283

Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices
claiming to be in possession of your ATM card, you are hereby advice
only to be in contact with Lucas Thompson of the ATM card center who
is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment and
forward any emails you get from impostors to this office via the above
fax number so we could act upon it immediately. Help stop cyber crime.

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