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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: "OCEANIC BANK NOTIFICATION!!!" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:34:25 +0200
Subject: Your Payment Via ( ATM ) International Visa Cash Card.

Attention: Beneficiary,
This is to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE FUND, valued: Seven
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Us Dollars.($750,000.00USD) Have been approved for
Release/Payment, You will be receiving your funds through our ATM visa card
payment center in OCEANIC BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
The ATM visa-card payment Center will be sending your ATM visa card Which You
Will Use to Withdraw Your Money From Any ATM Machine In Any Part Of The World,
but the maximum approved is Six thousand US dollars per day: ($6,000.00 USD)
so provide the below information to this following office below:
1. Your full name:
2. Phone and fax number:
3. Address where you would like to receive the atm card:
4. Your age and current occupation:
5. A Copy Of Your int'l passport or a valid I.D card:
Kindly contact this office,
The ATM visa cash card payment center.
Account Officer: ( ALHAJI YUSUF SANI )
kind Regards,
Alhaji Musa Bello
Head Auditor Int'l Credit Settlement

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