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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. Robert Catterwell" <robertcatterwell@msn.comm> (may be fake)
Reply-To: robertcatterwell@msn.com
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 15:38:11 -0700
Subject: Your Confirmation.


UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION
IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
WORLD BANK FACT-FINDING & SPECIAL DUTIES OFFICE
Office of The Director Special duties.
London, United Kingdom
TEL: +447040113347
FAX: +448709127823
Email: robertcatterwell@msn.com

Special duties reference

**UNO/WBF LM-05-371**
**ORDERING CONTRACTOR:
UNO/WBF – UK
DIPLOMATIC BOX 55KG

To the Beneficiary,

The World Bank Group, Fact Finding & Special Duties office In
conjunction with the United Nations Organization, has received part of your
pending payment with reference number (LM-05-371) amounting to US$ 5Million
(Five Million United State Dollars) out of your contractual/inheritance
funds from our ordering contractor Bank quoting reference to UNO/WBF
LM-05-371, the said payment is been arranged in a Security-proof box
weighing 55kg padded with synthetic nylon. According to information
gathered from the bank’s security computer we were notified that you have
waited for so long to receive this payment without success, we also
confirmed that you have not met all statutory requirements in respect of your
pending payment.

You are therefore advised to contact our Payment Clearance Department
to obtain necessary information to the Security Courier Service Company
that is specialized in sending diplomatic materials and information
from one country to another, which also has diplomatic immunity to carry
consignment (Box) such as this.

This office has met with this Security Courier Service and concluded
shipping arrangement with them,therefore shipment will commence as soon
as we have your go ahead order,the diplomat who will be bring in this
Consignment(Box) to you is an expert and has been in this line of work
for many years now so you have noting to worry about. After all
arrangements we have concluded that you must donate Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars (USD500,000.00) to a charity organization we designate
to you as soon as you receive your money. To this effect, in your
response you should send to us a promissory note promissing to donate the
stated about and also with your address where you will like the Box to be
delivered. Please maintain topmost secrecy as it may cause a lot of
problems if found out that we are using this media to help you. Therefore
you are advised not to inform anyone about this until you received your
money.

The above requirement qualifies you for final remittance process of the
received sum.

Please confirm message granted with "GO AHEAD ORDER" on mail:
robertcatterwell@msn.com

Congratulations.

Yours Faithfully
Mr. Robert Catterwell
Director, Special Duties UNO/WBF.



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