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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. ROBERT S. MUELLER" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:34:25 +0300

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
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, Compensation,Contract payment and Inheritance. Through our Fraud Monitoring Unit we have also noticed that for few months ago you have been transacting with some impostors and fraudsters who have been impersonating the likes of Mr. Sanusi of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Sulaiman of Chevron, Mr. John J. McCloy of World Bank, Mr. Ban Ki-moon of United Nations, President Goodluck Jonathan of Federal republic of Nigeria, Barrack Obama of United States, Sir Win Bischoff of foriegn exchange, Farida Waziri of EFCC, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Frank, Anderson, none officials of
Oceanic Bank, Zenith Banks, Kelvin Young of HSBC, Ben of FedEx, Ibrahim Sule, Dr. Usman Shams uddeen and some impostors claiming to be working with The Federal Bureau of Investigation etc.
The Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in conjunction with: Agencia Federal de Investigacion (AFI) USA , Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Metropolitan Police [Scotland Yard] England 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 impostors. As a result of this we hereby advise you to stop communication with anyone not referred to you by us as we have investigated these bodies and have found out that they were impostors and have hence directe beneficiaries to rightful claim centers in Nigeria
We guarantee 100% receipt of your payment, because we have perfected everything in regards to the release of your $10.5 Million USD to be 100% risk free and free from any hitches as it’s our duty to protect you. (This is as a result of the mandate from US Government to make sure all debts owed to people which includes Inheritance, Contract, Lottery, Compensation 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
To redeem your fund you are hereby advised to contact the Advocate assigned to be in-charge of the delivery of your ATM Card from ATM Card Center via email for the requirement to proceed and procure your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your Funds Release Order on your behalf which will cost you $280 taken care of by the Federal Government so all you will ever need to pay is $280.00USD only.
Lawyer Advocate Gerad Dave
HOTLINE: +234-8060-558-873
Do contact  advocate MR.GERAD DAVE  the advocate assigned for the delivery of your ATM Card by the ATM Card Center via his contact details above and furnish him with your details as listed Below, calling him on his hot line +234-8060-558-873 and also  email him  with the above email address to festering up the delivery of your ATM Card to you in your home Address:
A) Your full Name............
B) Your Address In Full............
c) Your country...................
D) Your city..............
E) Age...................
F) Your Cell Phone...............
G) Occupation..................
H) Sex...............
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 the $280.00USD via Money Gram/Western Union Money Transfer for the procurement of your Approval of Payment Warrant and Endorsement of your fund 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 advocate will ensure that the delivery officer approves that your package is sent within 48 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 Shipment Confirmation within the next 48hrs 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 proceed now and gat in Contact  with the FBI Special Agent MR.GERAD DAVE for the shipment of your ATM Card.
TELEPHONE: (202) 324-3000
FAX: (202) 666-5283
Note: Note: Disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your funds or ATM card, you are hereby advice only to be in contact with Lawyer Advocate  MR.GERAD DAVE the advocate assigned to you for the delivery of your ATM Card by the ATM card center who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your payment worth $10.5 Million USD 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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