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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: "Mr. John Lee." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 03:15:40 -0700
Subject: RE- ACCRUED INTEREST OF YOUR FUND (AMOUNT: $2,257,000.00 USD) Through Automated Teller Machine. (ATM Credit Card). 9

GTBank UK Head Office
60 - 62 Margaret Street
London W1W 8TF

RE- ACCRUED INTEREST OF YOUR FUND (AMOUNT: $2,257,000.00 USD) Through Automated Teller Machine. (ATM Credit Card).


I want to bring to your notice base on the above stated notification that our Bank, GTB Bank of London has been mandated by the INTERNATIONAL MONITORY FUND (IMF), UNITED NATION WORLD BODY and the Government of Nigeria, immediately after this meeting, this office has been given go ahead to handle the release of your accrued interest of your fund as stated above as i called for your payment files.

Also, I want you to take note that, the first quarter of this year 2012 has just begin and all Banks are trying to put this year activities in place hence we are notifying you on the above payment matter Note that your payment will be made through a programmed ATM CARD, MASTERS CARD, VISAS CARD or a certified Bank Draft in order to facilitate your transaction.

This instruction was given by the Government of Nigeria as agreed on the meeting healed some hairs-ago by the involved parties and our bank Guaranty Trust Bank (UK) has been mandated to handle these issues of your payment matters and release your money as we will want to know from you on how you will want the money to be paid. Note that our bank deeply agreed with UNITED NATION AND THE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT ON PAYMENT AS OUR BANK WILL NOT WANT TO INVOLVED IN COLLECTING UPFRONT MONEY FROM SOME OF THE CLINT WE Handle..

More so, the Card will be deposited with a Registered Courier Service Company With Insurance Coverage Policy, and the Management of this Bank has already paid for the Delivery, Insurance, Non-Inspection and Yellow Tagged, the only Fee/Charges,what we where not allow to pay now is the Security Keeping Fee as we did not know when you will be contacting the courier company for collection.

Please due contact the paying bank Guaranty Trust Bank (UK) Limited customer’s care office for directions. and let us have your Details as we await your urgent responses.

1, Your full Name

2, Your full Address, YOUR full Identification Telephone number to reach you.

We will also want you to give us the total amount the Government of Nigeria are owing you so that we can be able to work out the amount you are to be paid as interest.

Yours Faithfully

Mr. John Lee.
GTBank UK Head Office
60 - 62 Margaret Street
London W1W 8TF

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