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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: "Central Bank of Nigeria" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:22:35 +0100

Attention Unpaid Beneficiary,

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed at the course of your transaction with some government and claimed government officials.

And based on the outcome of the last meeting held with the Federal Government of this country and the officials of the United Nation Organization, UNO and International Monitoring Fund, (IMF), we have been instructed to transfer your funds through ATM MASTER CARD.

This is to inform you that (ATM Master Card Number 4000101095717299) has been accredited in your favor. The ATM Card Value is $10.000.00 (Ten Million); You are advice to contact our affiliate ATM UNIT CENTER with the information below.

The maximum you can withdraw in a day is $15000.00 (Five Thousand Dollars) you are therefore advice to contact the ATM CARD UNIT CENTER.

Below is the contact detail for you to contact ATM UNIT CENTER for your ATM MASTER CARD.

Contact Person: Barr. Albert Jones
Phone: +234-802-6294-575

Here is the information they will need to send the ATM CARD to you.

Full name:
Delivery address:
Telephone number:
Scanned ID.

Forward the needed information to the ATM UNIT CENTER so that they will send you your ATM CARD.

Mr. Ekene Davidson
Heads of Foreign Operation
Central Bank of Nigeria

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