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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:

Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 04:07:40 -0700

ATM MasterCard Department, Zenith Bank Plc

Attn: Beneficiary

I write to you In respect to your 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 subject of payment is ATM 101. We shall send you an International Swift (ATM MasterCard) total sum of $2,500.000.00. (Two Million, Five hundred Thousand United State Dollars) Which you are to use in accessing your funds in any ATM Machine location Worldwide with maximum daily withdraw of $5,000.00 (Five Thousand United States Dollars)

Note that your ATM MasterCard has been activated already with your total amount, which your processing officer Mr Anthony Morrison will attache a copy of your card FRONT/BACK with 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 your ATM MasterCard can be shipped to you for usage.

Please be advise to see your ATM MasterCard and the proof of ownership certificate crested in your name from zenith Bank first, before getting the APPROVAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (A.C.C) Sincerely the clearance certificate will cost you only $250.00 as already concluded with the director in charge in your behalf, awaiting your payment $250.00 only to receive your card and start immediate usage.

Please do re-confirm the bellow information for shipping processing to you now

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

Once your details here is received by the Swift Zenith ATM Card center, Mr Anthony Morrison will attache your ATM MasterCard and the proof certificate to you.

Please be regular with 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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