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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: "FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 05:55:00 -0700
Subject: FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Tel: 202-423-1600
Tel: 203-413-1789

Attn: Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly
Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an
illegal Transaction with Impostors Claiming to be Mr. Gill Marcus Republic of the Reserve
Bank Governor of South African, Maria Ramos ABSA Bank CEO, Christo Luus General
Manager ABSA BANK, none officials of ABSA Bank, FNB Banks, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele
FNB, Kevin Chaplin, Dr Danny Jordan CEO of the 2010 FIFA world cup, Dr Irvin Khoza:
Chairman, 2010 FIFA organization committee, Joseph S. Blatter FIFA President, Chief
Competitions Officer Derek Blanckensee, Chief Security Officer Linda Mti, Chief Financial
Officer Farouk Seedat, Chief Communications Officer Richard Mkhondo, Chief Operations
Officer Nomfanelo Magwentshu, Chief IT & T Officer Phumlani Moholi, Chief Marketing and
Commercial Officer Derek Carstens, Chief Transport and Logistics Officer Skhumbuzo
Macozoma, are Impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau of Investigation. During our
Investigation, we noticed that the reason why you have not received your Payment is because
you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your
Contract/Inheritance Payment.

The World Bank, FBI and Paris Club introduced this payment arrangement as to enable our
contractors/inheritance beneficiary to receive their funds without any interference. The ATM
Master Express Credit Card was contracted and powered by GOLD CARD WORLD WIDE.
Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS website to confirm people

like you who have received their payment successfully.
Name: Charles Perry:
Tracking Number: 1Z0615010195574109
Name: Dayle Kline: Tracking
Number: 1Z0615010195264319

Therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry of Finance on your Behalf and they have
brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total USD$11,000.000.00 in
an ATM CARD which you can use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE CENTER
anywhere in the world with a maximum of $4000 to $5000 United States Dollars daily. You now
have the lawful right to claim your fund in an ATM CARD.

Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved in this transaction, you have to be rest assured for this is 100% risk free
it is our duty to protect the American Citizens, European Citizens, Asian Citizen and UK.

All I want you to do is to contact the ATM CARD CENTER Via email or call the office
Telephone Number one of the Consultant will assist you for their requirements to proceed and
procure your Approval Slip on your behalf which will cost you $300.00 only and note that
your Approval Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your transaction.

NAME: Mrs. James Michelle
Office Telephone Numbers: + 27 719 532 897

Do contact Mrs. James Michelle of the ATM CARD centre with your details:

So your files would be updated after which she will send the payment Informations which
you'll use in making the payment of $300.00 via Money Gram Transfer for the
p rocurement of your Approval Slip after which the Delivery of your
ATM CARD will be affected to your designated home Address without any further delay. Mrs.
James Michelle will reply you with the secret code (1600 ATM CARD).
We advice you get back to the payment office after you have contacted the
ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your response so we can move on with our
Investigation and make sure your ATM SWIFT CARD gets to you.

Thanks and hope to read from you soon.

FBI Director Robert S.Mueller III.
Director Since September 4, 2001- Present

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in Possession
of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advised only to be in contact with Mrs. James Michelle of the ATM CARD centre
who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward
any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence

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