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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: "NATIONAL CITI BANK GROUP" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:50:53 -0700

National City Bank Group.
No. 1, Idowu Taylor Street
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Ref:-  NCB/CMB/324/09
Good Day,
This to acknowledge you that your e-mail address is found among those that have been scammed, and the competition have been approved from the SUPREME HIGH COURT, ECONOMIC FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC) here in Nigeria and FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION (FBI) and we are asked to contact you by the Nigeria president on how to send you the Sum of ($6.3M) via ATM DEBIT MASTER CARD for compensation.
Due to the numerous fraudulent activities, we have resolved to implement the use of ATM DEBIT MasterCard for the release of your payment which will be issued by our bank National City Bank {NCB}.
In this proposed payment scheme,your funds will be credited into a Citibank MasterCard account which will enable you either to make withdrawals at any ATM point or at any Citibank branch close to you.
This is a Citibank new working initiative with the Nigeria government which was put in place to curb the constant fraud activities associated with payments such as this.
And for more confirmation you can contact the FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION (FBI) on the email address given to us by them for you case specially. Here is the email address created for you on this issue by them :- ( ) make sure you contact FEDERAL BUREAU INVESTIGATION (FBI) for some instruction pls.
Your card will come with an already programmed pin. You will be required to change this pin to any four digit of your choice at any Citibank branch close to you.
All legal documentation including the anti money laundering your favor are intact. On receipt of your response, further directives shall be made available to you.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Tony Smith.
National City Bank Nigeria.

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