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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:


Zenith Bank Plc.
87 Ajose Adeogun St,
Victoria Island 106104, Lagos.
Foreign Remittance Department.
Contract#: MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/013,


Attention: Beneficiary,

My Name is Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, I am the Group Managing Director/CEO
of Zenith Bank Plc.This is to alert you that your name and email
address is on the Central Computer among the list of unpaid
contractors, Inheritance next of kin, Compensation fund and lotto
beneficiaries that originated from Africa ( Nigerian Government )
Europe, Asia Plus Middle East, Americans ) Among the list you are a
beneficiary to receive a fund payment worth the sum of $27,000,000.00
by the Federal Government of Nigeria and deposited into our Bank for
your immediate payment. I hereby officially notifying you about the
present arrangement to pay you as i have been appointed and directed
to take in-charge of your fund payment here in this Bank, This
arrangement was constituted by the World Bank and International
Monetary Fund (IMF) during the general board meeting and we have
decided to make this payment to you through the two following options
below which you have to choose one option on how you will desire to
receive your fund and quickly follow up the procedure for your
immediate fund payment.

Option ( 1 ) Through Bank To Bank Wire Transfer: This is a direct
electronic transfer that will enable you receive the sum of money in
your bank account that you will provide for this Bank to effect the
transfer as it is always done electronically. It will take 24 hours
being one (1) working day to reflect into your account.

Option ( 2 ) Through ATM CARD Payment: We will send you an ATM CARD
direct to your residential address for you to receive the ATM CARD and
start making use of the ATM CARD in making withdraw of your fund in
any Atm machine in your country and all over the world. This will take
48 hours (2) working days to be deliver to your doorstep.

You are advise to quickly choose one option on how you will desire to
receive your fund and respond back to this Bank today, Any option you
choose now among the two we will start processing on it then you will
need to comply for the proceed of your fund payment without any
further delay, If you desire to receive your fund through BANK WIRE
transfer quickly respond back to this Bank and provide or reconfirm to
us your personal information such as your Full Name, Location home
address and your banking details where you will desire to receive your
fund for an accurate transfer into your account. If you desire to
receive your fund through ATM CARD payment kindly provide your
personal information such as below.

1.) Full Name:...............
2.) Location Home Address:.............
3.) Telephone Numbers:.........
4.) Occupation:.........
5.) Age/Sex:........
6.) Bank Name:.........
7.) Bank Location Address:...........
8.) Account Name:...........
9.) Account Numbers:.........
10) Next Of Kin:........

Kindly choose one option on how you will desire to receive your fund
and quickly reply back to my department today with the required
information in other to proceed with your fund payment without any
further delay, Thank you for your kind understanding as i look forward
to hear from you today.

Best Regards,
Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu,
CEO Of Zenith Bank Plc.
Phone Number: +2347010204120.

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