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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. Adams Catt" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:41:42 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: With Due high opinion.

Attn, With Due high opinion.

How are you doing today, hope all is well with you? We are hereby writing to inform you that your Compensation part payment of $4.9 Million United State Dollars which was instructed by The Economic Community of The Zenith Bank Plc are sorry for the delay of your payment $4.9M and all the Inconveniences.However, the organization of Z.Bank Plc are to use this opportunity to inform you that we are very surprised to see that you have not received and confirmed your funds since it has been approved for payment to you since last year 2012/2013.

We put pen to paper to advise you that your ATM Worldwide visa Card has been credited with your Funds of $4.9 Millions and we are sorry for the stoppage in contacting you all this while. The fund was issued to you as a consequence of your delayed contract  part Payment and also as a legacy award to you and it is ready for use now, therefore you will be advised to stop any further Contact with any Office in base on receiving your funds okay. You are required to provide Z.Bank plc ATM subdivision with your information as stated below:

Your Full Name:
Your Delivery Address:
Your Working Mobile Line or telephone number:
Youre Occupation:
Your Age:.....Sex.......

Contact Person; Rev Henry Yukon Mobile Phone Number; +234-8163-880-639 try to call him immediately.

In regarding the releasing of your funds that credited in ATM Worldwide visa Card to you is your responsibility to take care of the charges to able the manager Rev. Henry Yukon to help you to proclaim your paper works that will back you up on your behalf for the claiming. Please take note your are going to take care of the charges before forwarding your information). You are advice to contact the Manager Rev. Henry Yukon of Z.Bank ATM subdivision via his Email :( for the release of your ATM VISA CARD immediately.

Z.Bank Foreign Department Office.
Mr. Adams Catt.

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