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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: "DR MARK HILLS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:18:08 -0700
Subject: Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.

This is to bring to your notice that orders given by the Presidency and the entire house of senate for the year 2012 is that my bank is the chosen bank to pay out all foreign contract/inheritance funds.My bank was ordered after meeting held in the presidential village to contact and proceed with payment of your contract/inheritance Funds by informing you  that the former bank in charge of your payment via ATM card being,Zenith Bank,Union Bank,Eco Bank, ETC is no longer in charge of this payment.
I wish to inform you that you're (7.5M)outstanding payment has been approved and ready to be paid but we want to confirm first from you by giving you our mode of payment this arrangement was agreed between the Presidency and the Senate committees so take note that we have three modes of Payment delivery via ATM CARD:
( insurance fee: $155)
( 2 day delivery )
( insurance fee:$125)
( 3 days delivery )
( insurance fee:$107)
( 4 days delivery )
Also reconfirm your full information's such as
Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Country:
Your City:
Your Home Address:
Your Office Address:
Your Occupation:
Your Contact Home Phone Number:
Your Cell Phone Number
Your Age:
Your Sex:
Your Next Of  Kin:
A Scan Copy of your Identity:
You are required to proceed to WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM and make the payment of the insurance fee of your ATM CARD while the shipping fee will be given to the diplomat once he arrive to your country
Receivers Name for the insurance fee
Receivers name==== ARINZE OKAGBUE
Country ========== LAGOS-NIGERIA
Text Question ==== FROM?
Answer =========== YOU
You are expected to provide the needed information correctly to avoid mistake during the delivery by any chosen courier service of your choice,furthermore,you are advice to stop all contact with any office,organization or individual claiming to be in charge of your fund,After following the instructions above you will receive your ATM CARD without any delay,feel free to call me for orader discussions.I will require you to get back to this office with your decision over a Chosen mode of payment and we will take it from there,
Your urgent response will be highly appreciated.
CELL NUMBER: +234-8039-369-706

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