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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:

Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:06:27 +0800 (CST)

Attention Please
This is to let you know that we have received an instruction from
the United Nation by orders of the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Benin to
release your Approved payment of US$7.2 Million Dollars via OCEANIC ATM VISA
CARD which you will use to withdraw your US$7.2 Million Dollars from any ATM
Machine in any part of the world. I must thank you and assure you that OCEANIC
BANK ATM VISA CARD number 5274783644673648 748; has been approved and upgraded
in your favor this morning.
The amount upgraded in the ATM CARD is US$$7.2 Million Dollars,and
your secret pin number is 8081, Right now, Invitation have been extended to you
to visit OCEANIC BANK Benin Republic for collection of your OCEANIC BANK ATM
VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER so that you can activate it by yourself and start
withdrawing funds from any ATM Machine in your country but the amount you can
withdraw in a day is $10,000, per day as we have programmed it.Alternatively, if
you are unable to visit OCEANIC BANK Republic of Benin for collection of this
your OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER, you must therefore apply for the
OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER to be sent to you via our diplomatic
courier service at your own expenses by offsetting the following payments such
1) Shipment fee of the OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD to your address
to US$100.00. 2) Insurance Coverage of the OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA
CARD amounting to USUS$85.00.Both payments is the sum of US$185.00 must be paid
to enable us ship the OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD to your address to enable you
start withdrawing your US$7.2 Million Dollars from any ATM machine in any part
of the world.
This OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD must be insured so that it can get
to you without any problem and diversion. This is because this ATM CARD that can
be use to withdraw funds from any ATM Machine in every part of the
Secondly the officer in charge is .Hon James Ude, contact them via
above with all your detail, by contacting them to Atm card payment center
of{Oceanic Bank Plc},
so contact the ATM swift card center on this
general manager name.
Hon James Ude.Telephone number +229 6822 7521 And make sure you do
forward to them your full information’s such as.
1) your full name.
2) Address where you want them to send the
card through diplomatic courier Service (P.O Box not accepted)
3) Your full name and total amount you are expecting, Instead of
losing your fund.
4} you’re direct telephone numbers.
5} A copy of your
international passport.

Please indicate to the card center the total sum you are
expecting and for your information, you have to stop any further communication
with any institution or office until you receive the Atm card. Note: because of
impostors, we hereby issue you, your pin code of conduct tag number, which is
(8081) so you must have to indicate this code when contacting the card center.
We await your urgent response.So, if you cannot come to OCEANIC BANK of Republic
of Benin for collection of your OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD, you must therefore
kindly go right now To western union or money gram and send this shipment and
insurance fee of US$185.00 via Western Union Money transfer with the details
below And write your MTCN number down and your sender name bellow down the
Receiver's name...Obeche Sylvester
Country.. Benin
City.. Cotonou
Text Question..WHEN
Text Answer...NOW
As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch the
OCEANIC BANK ATM VISA CARD to you and it will take only 2 days to arrive to your
address to enable you start withdrawing funds that same day from any ATM machine
nearest to you


 Yours in service


 Call us  immediately you send the money @ Phone No: +229
6822 7521


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