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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: "Engr. Rico Savage" <rico_002@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <contact_savage@yahoo.de>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 11:36:12 -0400
Subject: The Beneficiary.


THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATIONIN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUNDWORLD BANK FACT-FINDING & SPECIAL DUTIES OFFICEOffice of The Director on Special duties.London, Great Britain
Special duties reference
**UNO/WBF LM-05-371****ORDERING CONTRACTOR:UNO/WBF – SG DIPLOMATIC BOX 55KG
Dear Friend/Beneficiary,
I am Engineer Rico Savage, a senior staff with the World Bank fact finding & special duties office. I am writing you this letter based on the fact that cool penny is better than millions of dollars means it's better for one to live and die poor honest man than a rich dishonest one.
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 (Twenty 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 75kg 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 bringing 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) to a charity organization we will designate to you as soon as you receive your money. To this effect, in your response you should send to us a promissory note promising to donate the stated amount 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. You are not to inform anyone about this until you received your money. The above requirement qualifies you for final remittance process of the received sum. Confirm message granted with "GO AHEAD ORDER" on mail: contact_savage@mail.az Feel free to call me if you will like us to discuses more on this Tel: 00447011137792
Congratulations.
Best Regards,Engineer Rico SavageDirector, Special Duties. UNO/WBF
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