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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: "SKYE BANK NIGERIA PLC." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2014 18:15:13 -0700

>From The Desk Of: Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti.
Managing Director/CEO SKYE Bank Nigeria Plc.
Head Office: 1668, Oyin Jolayemi Street,
Victoria Island, Lagos,Nigeria.



This is to officially inform you that the sum of US$1.8Million (One Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars) has been accrued as interest on your initial deposit of your Inheritance/Contract funds which was deposited with our bank before the principal sum was withdrawn by the Nigerian Government through the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporations(NNPC) last week and directed our bank to release the accrued interest funds to you without further delays as the rightful beneficiary which our bank has fully obliged,You are therefore advised to contact our Managing Director,Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti. on Telephone No:234-8090-718221, and fax 234-1-759-1269 or email: ( for more directives and advise on your US$1.8Million Accrued Interest payment via ATM Master Card SWAPPED Payment system only for easy payment.

Equally, note that you are required to forward your personal informations including copies of any form of identifications as the accrued interest beneficiary, We would appreciate your urgent response regarding the above information, as this will enable our bank to expedite action without further delays,then please NOTE the payment Modalities below before calling and responding to this letter.

Accrued Interest Payment Mode and Modalities for your Convenience and clarity.Note Please Before You Respond.

Note please that due to the amount involved (US$1.8MILLION) and as an accrued interest payment that SKYE Bank Nigeria Plc will release this your Accrued Interest funds to you directly into your own bank existing Bank ATM Master Card with your local bankers in your country through what we call ATM CARD Payment Swapping Payment system,what this means is that our bank will only just Swapp your accrued interest sum of US$1.8Million into your ATM Card of your local banks through Electronic means with your account in our bank once you have send the Electronics ATM Card Swapping fees to our bank which is the only requirement needed from you before the Swaooing is done,all we need from you is just your existing ATM Card digits numbers of your local bank in your country ,for example if you have an ATM Card with HSBC BANK OR CHASE OR BARCLAYS Bank or any other bank at all in your Country,all you need to do is just send to us your ATM CARD 14.16 or 18 digit numbers as is obtainable in your Country and your bank name a

Please do acknowledge this mail as soon as you receive this letter and call our Managing Director,Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti. on his direct telephone numbers: 234-8090-718221, for more advise and the immediate swapping of your accrued interest payment into your existing bank ATM Card with your local bank in your country without delays.


Mrs.Veronica Awosika
Secretary/Legal Adviser.
SKYE Bank Nigeria Plc.
This transmission may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the information contained herein (including any reliance thereon) is STRICTLY PROHIBITED, if you received this transmission in error, please immediately contact the sender and destroy the material in its entirety, whether is electronic or hard copy format. Thank you.

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