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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: "United Nation Organization New York" <billmail@purcell.biz>
Reply-To: revrogers_unitednations.org@uk2.net
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:44:02 -0800
Subject: IRREVOCABLE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT

UNITED NATIONS
(WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMME)
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL
PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
870 UNITED NATIONS PLAZA 20-A NEW YORK NY 10017
WIRE TRANSFER/AUDIT U NIT
Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX027

ATTN: Beneficiary,
IRREVOCABLE RELEASE OF YOUR PAYMENT

We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed UNO Secretary
General,and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION
monetary unit,to investigate the unnecessary delay of your inheritance
fund,recommended and approve in your favour.During the course of our
investigation,we discovered with dismay that your payment has been
unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to
divert your money into their private accounts,to forestal this,security
for your funds Was organized in the form of your personal Identification
number(PIN)ATM CARD this will enable only you have direct Control over this
fund,we have also agreed with the Presidency that we will handle this payment
ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the Officials of the
bank.

We obtained an irrevocable payment guarantee on your Payment from the
presidency for the last quther payment of 2007.we are happy to inform
you that based on our recommendation/instructions; your Entire Inheritances
fund has been credited in your favor through ATM card. You are therefore
advice to send your contact details to REV ROGER HEDGES International Audit
unit,United Nations Liaison Office London EMAIL Address;revrogers_unitednations.org@uk2.net
Phone Number +447031849192 to collect your original payment slip with your
ATM card.

They will issue you an ATM card that you can use to withdraw money in
any ATM machine in any part of the world,But the maximum is Fifthy
Thousand dollars per a day.So if you like to receive your funds through
this means kindly let us know by contacting the card payment center and
also send the following information as stated below to them as directed
above.

1.Phone And Fax Number,
2.Address Were You Want Them To Send Your Atm Card,
TO(P.O BOX NOT ACCEPTABLE)
3.Your Age And Current Occupation,
4.Home Equity {YES OR NO}.
5.A Copy Of Your ID For Your Identification,

NOTE:YOU ARE ADVICED TO FURNISH REV HEDGES WITH YOUR CORRECT CONTACT
DETAILS.AND ALSO BE INFORMED THAT THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID NOW IS $8.3
MILLION THE REST WILL BE PAID TO YOU IN A LATER DATE.

We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor this
payment effectively thereby making contact with Rev.Roger Hedges as
directed to avoid further delay.

CONGRATULATIONS.
CAPT.JAMES C.WILLIAMS
UNITED NATIONS,NEW YORK



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