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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: "Dr Sanusi Lamido" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 23:02:47 +0100
Subject: Your Immediate Response

ATTN: Beneficiary,
We have this day, 18th day of May ,2013  received a payment credit instruction from  MR. PRESIDENT, DR GOOD LUCK JONATHAN (GCFR) FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. To credit your account with your full contract sum of US$12 million from the Nigerian reserve account with our bank.
This is to notify you that your funds have been programmed for immediate release into your nominated account but we can not transfer this fund direct to your nominated bank account, because we are having a little problem with International Monetary Fund (IMF) so our method of payment is by ATM swift card payment.
Be informed that every arrangement regarding  the delivery of  your ATM swift Visa card has been made. We wish to inform you that other beneficiaries who fall into your categories have received their various payments through this ATM payment method. Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from FedEx and UPS website to confirm people like you whom have successfully received their payment safely. Name: Mrs. Jeannie Michael: FedEx Tracking Number: 794588016471 ( {USA} Name: Mr. Richard Alexander: FedEx Tracking Number: 873029303758 ( {USA} Sincerely,you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian  Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr.Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account. I will like you to call me with my number  call and respond as soon as you received this mail.
I have a very limited time to work out the release of your payment, so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours.
You are kindly advised to fill; the below listed information for the enhancement of the delivery of your ATM card to your address.
Your Full Name: ______________________________
Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code not
P.O.BOX) : ______________________________
Name of City of Residence:_______________________________
Mobile Number:____________________________________
Marrital Status:____________________________________
I shall be waiting for your prompt response.
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