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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:15:46 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that your long over-due funds which you have been finding it difficult to receive via a Certified Bank Draft, has been arranged through our International ATM Card payment center in Europe, America, Africa and Asia Pacific, it is part of an instruction/ mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling with United Bank.

Note that your payment conduct code is ATM 202, We shall send you an International Swift (VISA CARD) from United Bank of Africa (UBA) which you are to use in accessing your payment {$2,500,000.00} in total as loaded in your ATM CARD for withdraw in any ATM machine location in the world.

Also know that your ATM Card with United Bank of Africa (UBA) has been activated already with your total amount ($2,500,000.00) Which has been hand over to our ATM Admin officer Mr Anthony Morrison. He will provide you with all the vital documents in your name accordingly. The proof of ownership certificate, Deposit certificate, your ATM Card copy front & back, Bank assurance letter, and his identification card for evidence.

Once all the documents are been shown to you for clarification, All you need do is get the Approval security clearance, as it will be needed in favor of your ATM Card and its original papers to your door step for usage.

Please do take record of your ATM Card number (4848-4210-1387-9602) before you are to get the said Approval security clearance that is needed for shipment to you. sincerely this will cost you just $250 as we have concluded personally with the director in charge in your behalf.

You are hereby advise to re-confirm the bellow details for clearance

(1) Your Full Name :
(2) Full Residential Address : (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
(3) Direct and Current Phone :
(4) Present Country :
(5) passport identification:

Please as soon as your details is been received here by the SWIFT ATM ADMIN CENTER, you are therefore advised to stop every further communications with all other bodies such as the Compensation and Finance House, Lottery Organization etc ....

Once again, the Approval security clearance certificate is the only needed requirement for your ATM Card to you for usage.

Please be regular on your email so we can use before 1week to confirm your payment with you.

Thanks for your co-operation.
TEL-Number: +234-809-227-3438

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