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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: "Notification Of Payment Via ATM Master Card" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:44:26 +0700

Attn: Beneficiary,
This is the second time Zenith International Bank is informing you of your long over-due fund which you have been finding it difficult to receive via a Certified Bank Draft issued by Zenith International bank. We have arranged your payment through our International ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTER in Europe,America,Africa and Asia Pacific,This is part of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.
Now your conduct code is (ATM 106) We shall send you an International Swift ATM CARD ( Master Card) from Zenith International Bank which you are to use in accessing your funds via any ATM MACHINE located any where in the world. Notice! Your maximum withdraw daily will be Five Thousand United States Dollars {5,000.00} valued sum at One Million Five hundred thousand United States Dollars {$1,500,000.00} which has been programmed in the card already to you as our beneficiary.
GUIDE LINE: Immediately the release of your ATM MasterCard from the bank which will be activated already with your total value amount {$1,500,000.00} Your processing officer Mr.Leonard scott will provide you the attached followings, ATM MasterCard copy (CRESTED IN YOUR NAME) And the (PROVE OF OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE) With the bank name including his identification card to clarify the legitimacy of this funds to you.
Name    Mr. Leonard Scott
Tel/Fax +234-803-2203-828
Kindly re-confirm your details so as to facilitate immediate release of your funds from Zenith International Bank.
Your Full Name
Full Residential Address   (P.O.BOX NOT ALLOWED)
Direct and Current Phone
Present Country
passport identification
Please Note : As soon as your details have been received here by the SWIFT ZENITH ATM CARD CENTER,You are there fore advised to stop any further communications with all other bodies such as the Compensation and Finance House, Lottery Organization etc ....
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