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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: "Mr. Frank Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:41:48 -0500

From: Mr. Frank Edward
Director- General, ATM Card Payment.
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Central District Area, Lagos

Attention: Distinguished Beneficiary,

This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file
presently on my desk, and I found out that you have not received your payment
due to your lack of co-operation and not fulfilling the obligations giving to
you in respect to your contract payment.Secondly,you are hereby advised to stop
dealing with some non-officials in the bank as this is an illegal act and will
have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment After the Board of
directors' meeting held in Abuja,we

have resolved in finding a solution to your problem. We have arranged your
payment through our 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.

We will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money via ATM
MACHINE in any part of the world,and the maximum daily limit is five Thousand
United States Dollars($5,000.00) valued sum at Five Million United States
Dollars {$5,000,000.00}.

If you desire to receive your fund this way, Kindly re-confirm your:

Full Name: -----------------
Phone Number: -----------
Country: ----------------------
Occupation: -----------------
Sex: --------------------------
Age: --------------------------

You will find below my personal email address and contact telephone number.

Name: Mr. Frank Edward.

We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any
further communication with anybody or

Thanks for your co-operation.
MR. Frank Edward
Director- General, ATM Card Payment.
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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