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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:22:29 +0100 (BST)
Subject: =?utf-8?B?QWR2aWNlIGRhdGU6IDMwdGggSnVuZSwgMjAxMi8gRXhwaXJ5IGRhdGU6IDI3?=

International Bankinging Group
Benin Republic-Cotonou
Cable address bhrf2
Swift no hgrd-bj1
Kind attention,    
Our records indicate that a credit in the amount of $ exists in our records for transfer to your position . We have been requested to advice to you that the following funds is a avalable by ATM CARD.
our advice number : 2145863485
Advice date: 30th June, 2012.
Atm card Issue bank date Ref : 2577 /HU /26595       
Expiry date: 27th July, 2012
 *****Amount**** USD     ****
Do confirm if you had authorised such application to release the funds to-her, and if she is indeed your representative. She applied with the banking details below: Name: Janet Ralpher Bank name: Washington Mutual Bank address: 19507 interstate 45 south spring, tx 77388, Usa Account number: 4212432927 Routing number: 111993776  My duty is to notify the beneficiaries listed on the payment manifest andoversee that they are rightly guided to receive their payment, But i refuse, I told her till i am confuse. she said that she called you yesterday, and you told her that the only thing holding your Atm card is the recovery fee. That is the reason why i am contacting you, so that as soon as i hear from you i will know if it is turth or lie. Please let me know this point.
Atm card and documents issued number 25412566 shipment from : Benin Republic for collection by the above beneficary for payment programed under Recovery Atm Card Charges is $44 only.   Send the charges fee $44  by western union with the Below details:  please send the money with the below information via western union or money gram only with the below information:
Senders Name-----
Recivers name---- Jona Uzoma Simple
Destination country --- Benin Republic
City and state -- Cotonou
Zip code --- +229
Question:----What for?
Amount: $44
Senders Address--------
Senders Telephone #--------
 At the confirmation of the request fee, shipment will be deuly honored by today without any further delay again.  Please do comply now for the final releasement of your package today, you may loose your Atm card or you may gain it today. Please do send us the Mtcn as well as other informations required
Waiting to hear from you soon.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr. Peter Williams/ Wilfred Prosper
ATM Security and Fraud department
African International Bank of Settlemen

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