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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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Fraud email example:

From: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:26:21 -0700
Subject: Your Atm Card Sum of $10.5Million ATM Card Number: (40661730360290712)


This is to let you know that we have received an instruction from the United Nation by Orders of the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Benin to release your Approved payment sum of $10.5Million Dollars via ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD which you will to withdraw your $10.5Million Dollars from any ATM Machine in any part of the world.

I assure you that ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD number 40661730360290712; has been approved and upgraded in your favor this morning. The amount upgraded in the ATM CARD is $10.5Million Dollars,your secret pin number is 8081, Right now, Invitation have been extended to you to visit ZENITH BANK Benin Republic for collection of your ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER so that you can activate it by yourself and start withdrawing funds from any ATM Machine in your country but the amount you can withdraw in a day is $70,000 per day as we have programmed it.

Alternatively, if you are unable to visit ZENITH BANK Republic of Benin for collection of this your ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER,therefore you apply for the ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD and PIN NUMBER to be sent to you via our diplomatic courier service at your own expenses by offsetting the following payments such as; (1) Shipment fee of the ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD to your address amounting to $300.00. (2) Insurance Coverage of the ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD amounting to $95.00.

Both payments is the sum of $395.00 be paid to enable ship the ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD to your address to enable you start withdrawing your $10.5Million Dollars from any ATM machine in any part of the world. This ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD mt be insured so that it can get to you without any problem and diversion. This is because this ATM CARD that can be withdraw funds from any ATM Machine in every part of the world.

Secondly the officer in charge is .Mr peter uba, contact them via above with all your detail, by contacting them to Atm card payment center of {ZENITH BANK Plc}, so contact the ATM swift card center on this
)the general manager name Mr. peter uba. And make sure you do forward to them your full information’s such as below. (1) your full name.(2) Address where you want them to send the card through

(1)Your full name==============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(4)Fax Number================
(8)Your id card Or Passport=======

diplomatic courier Service (P.O Box not accepted). (3) Your full name and total amount you are expecting, Instead of losing your fund. (4) you’re direct telephone numbers. (5) A copy of your international passport. Please indicate to the card center the total sum you are expecting and for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any institution or office until you receive the Atm card. Note: becae of impostors, we hereby issue you, your pin code of conduct tag number, which is (8081) so you mt have to indicate this code when contacting the card center. We await your urgent response.

here is your atm card details information below

ATM Card Number: (40661730360290712)
Security Pin Code: 8081
ATM Card value is: $10.5Million
Withdrawal per day: $70,000 Dollars
Personal Identification: 822
Expiration Date: 05-07-218

So, if you cannot come to ZENITH BANK of Republic of Benin for collection of your ZENITH BANK ATM VISA CARD, you mt therefore kindly go right now To WESTERN UNION and send this shipment and insurance fee of $395.00 via WESTERN UNION Money transfer with the details below And write your MTCN number down and your sender name below down the details

Receiver's Name.EMMA ODILI
Country.. Benin Republic
City.. Cotonou
Text Question..WHEN
Text Answer...NOW
Amount $395.00

As soon as the fee is received, we shall immediately dispatch the ZENITH BANKATM VISA CARD to you and it will take only 2 days to arrive to your address to enable you start withdrawing funds that same day from any ATM machine nearest to you.

Thanks for your understanding and we are waiting for your quick reply and the payment information. This massage is coming from.

Foreign Contract Payments

Mr. Peter Uba

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