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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: "File" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:25:39 -0400
Subject: Contact:Standard Chartered Bank For Your ATM Card Payment-

Attn: of email account,
This is to officially bring to your notice that The ATM card payment center(Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria) Accountant Director Mr. Tolu David  has been given express instruction to issue out in your favor the sum of $10.5Million in ATM Master Card functional in Any automatic Machine as your compensation payment for this Fiscal year 2015 this instructions is from the custody of the United Nation representative office London this is for abbreviation of the rate of poverty as we saw your name on the list of unpaid individuals,The United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council and the payment has been approved by us to be released to you as we notice your payment has been delayed by uncertain reasons which has just been resolved by us through our power so you are free to receive your funds now.
We hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-UNCC-B6-7287) so You have to indicate this code when contacting the card Issuance Center with your contact details as stated below,You are hereby adhere to contact the Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria with the information below as soon as you receive this email for immediate release of your payment to you so that you can be the first beneficiary to receive its fund since the paying office have alot of beneficiary to pay as directed by (UNO/UNCC).
Full Name:
Telephone No:
Identity Card if any
Outline below is Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria ATM Card issuance center contact information contact them now for the immediate release of your payment to you since it has been approved by United Nations and World Bank Group meanwhile do not be taken unaware that all the necessary document backing the fund up has been forwarded to the custody of the paying bank to ensure smooth release of your $10.5Million to you as directed by us.
Standard Chartered Nigeria BANK PAYMENT DEPT
Do let us know immediately you have contacted Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria for your payment for more advise as we are keeping close on them to ensure you are paid as soon as possible, Meanwhile do not forget your Code of Conduct (ATM-UNCC-B6-7287) when contacting the bank as it is very important.
Note::The reason you are receiving this notification in your mailbox is because We found your name in our list of people their payment has been delayed so we decide to intervene and help you get paid which we have done.  We are sorry that your Payment Approval File was sent to African due to we have 13 Honorable Beneficiary's in all African so that you can be cleared and paid simultaneously there.
Yours faithfully,
2015 Zonal co-ordinator
Signed Mrs Kari Mama

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