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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: First Bank Nig Plc<>
Date: 27 Aug 2018 16:01:14 +0300
Subject: Your ATM Master Card.

First Bank of Nigeria Plc.
Head Office Address
Samuel Asabia House 35 Marina
P.O. Box 5216, Lagos, Nigeria.

Attention: Beneficiary.

We apologize for the delay on the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD
and all the inconveniences we might put you through, while we
were having some minor problems in uploading your fund transfer
into an ATM MASTER CARD for delivery. Which in all case not
meeting up with our delivery service. Once again we apologize.

Note that you have a registered ATM VISA CARD of ($6.400.000.00
USD) to be delivered to you by DHL Company. Having review all the
obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your ($6.400,
000.00 USD) Six Million Four Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars, We the Board of Directors (FIRST BANK PLC) ordered our
Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA
CARD where your payment was uploaded few days ago.

Immediately we got your Payment uploaded into CORPORATE VISA
CARD, we ordered for the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD via DHL
Courier Company. Contact DHL COURIER COMPANY immediately with
your current details and delivery address as stated below:

YOUR FULL NAME:.............
YOUR CITY/AREA:............

Below is the contact information of your ATM card delivery
company DHL.

Your DHL Courier Company.
Name. Director Richard Smith

They will proceed immediately to your Home Address as soon as
they receives your current delivery details.

Note. your ATM visa card withdrawing access PIN number is (2424)
take note, once you receive the ATM card take it to any ATM
teller machine or POS cash point around your area and slot the
card and enter the PIN number (2424) to activate and start
withdrawing thereafter, or you can ask your delivery agent to
activate the ATM card for you before leaving. Make sure you enter
the 4 digit code yourself for security reason. Finally, be
informed that we left an instruction to your delivery agent DHL,
for urgent delivery of your ATM Visa Card, immediately you
forward him the required information, feel free to get in touch
with him today.

Yours Faithfully
Dr. Adesola Adeduntan
Director/Chief Executive Officer,
First Bank Nigeria Ltd.

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