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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: "ZENITH BANK NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:49:34 -0700

ATM MasterCard Department, Zenith Bank Plc

Attn: Beneficiary

In respect of your long over-due fund which you have been finding it difficult to receive through a Bank Draft, Bank to Bank Wire Transfer and Western Union Installment Payment arrangements. A meeting was held last weekend as to the problem surrounding the Remittance of your fund, and after all deliberation, the Panel Agreement was to load your fund into a worldwide accessible ATM MasterCard from zenith bank Plc to you.

Your conduct of payment is ATM 101.Your payment have been arranged through an International Swift (ATM MasterCard) total sum of $2,500.000.00. (Two Million, Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars), Which you can withdraw in any ATM Machine location Worldwide, with maximum daily withdraw of $5,000.00 (Five Thousand United States Dollars)

Note that your ATM MasterCard from zenith Bank has been activated already with your total amount, which Your processing officer Mr Anthony Morrison will attache a copy of your card and the proof of ownership certificate to clarify the legitimacy of your payment to you. All you need do is get the Approval clearance certificate, before shipping your ATM MasterCard to your door step for usage.

You are advise to see the ATM MasterCard and the proof of ownership certificate crested in your name from zenith Bank first, before you are to get the Approval clearance certificate that is needed before shipment. Sincerely this will cost you just $250 as we concluded personally with the director in charge in your behalf in our last meeting.

Please do re-confirm the bellow details to Mr Anthony Morrison at:

(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 have been received here by the Swift Zenith ATM Card center, you are therefore advised to stop any further communications with all other bodies such as the Compensation and Finance House, Lottery Organization etc ....

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

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

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