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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. Bernard Johnson"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:44:12 -0800

FROM: Desk of Mr. Bernard Johnson
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB)
Address: 402, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway,
Abule-Egba,  Lagos State,
Attention: Dear Beneficiary,
I am Mr. Bernard Johnson, a citizen of Angola I was posted here in Nigeria as the New Director Telex and ATM Department of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB) Nigeria, I resumed to this office last Month and during my official research last week I discovered a payment file valued sum of USD $10.5Million with Ref No: FGN/0034xx/2016 belonging to you as the rightfully intimate beneficiary as approved to made to you via ATM MASTER CARD by the Federal Government of Nigeria through Guaranty Trust Bank Nigeria Plc (GTB) as the only approved paying bank.
Furthermore, I would like to know if you are aware that someone has been contacting on your behalf for your fund valued sum of USD $10.5Million? Mr. Paul Morgan, he called to inform us that you died of cancer of the lungs 2 years back and before you gave up the ghost you instructed him to contact our bank for your fund as the next of kin and business partner. I don't know if this is true, but if you are still alive! Please let us know because we were shocked to hear this from him and how he get to know that you have a fund with us. 
Please if you are not aware of this person, we would like to know how you wish to receive your ATM card along with the back up documents and four digits pin code number once your card is ready. And you Can come down here in our bank to pick up your ATM card direct from our office or alternatively we can send it to you through any reliable courier delivery service company but it will be at your own cost. We donít know the cost of shipping the card to you but if you will permit me, I can make an inquiry from the courier shipment company to find out the cost once your card is ready to be shipped, but in that case you will be required to forward to me your shipment address to enable us find out the shipment cost to your address.
Please do not hesitate to call me on: +234-8028500459 as soon as you read this message so as to enable us facilitates your payment. Now that your fund has been finally Approved, you are hereby advised to desist from any further communication with whosoever you are in contact with both Local and international regarding to your payment to avoid unexpected diversion of delivery of your ATM MASTER CARD to unknown person.
Note: Our bank will not be held responsible for any further delay in regards to your payment through ATM Master Card and you are advice to comply on time if you are not the one that sent this person that claim to be your partner.
Your direct telephone number and address will be needed for more details and your ATM card payment will be made known to you as soon as I receive your positive response, to enable you know the amount programmed for your ATM daily withdrawal.
Call me on +234-8028500459 as soon as you read this message.
This message is coming to you from the Guaranty Trust Bank Nigeria Plc (GTB) Management and you are expected to comply fully with the delivery directives as requested by the Management.
Do not hesitate to call me as you read this message for more elaborate explanation.
Best regards,
Mr. Bernard Johnson
Director Telex and ATM Department
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB)

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