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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: "uniofficepayment1" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 06:19:58 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary:


Internal Audit,Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations Division

Dear Beneficiary,

How are you today and hope all is well with you and family?. You may not
understand why we are sending this message to you,but i will implore you to
take your time to go through this mail carefully.

We have been having meetings with Microsoft and the Federal Government of
Nigeria for compilation of names and email account of Victims of Internet
Fraud from Nigerian 419 scams since the past seven months which just ended
yesterday at our office (UNITED NATIONS) head quarters in New York.

We are proud to inform you that this your email account is selected as one
of the beneficiaries of compensation payment of $2.5m (Two Million and Five
Hundred United States Dollars) for falling victim of the above fraud

You are hereby advised to urgently contact M.D JIM OVIA of Zenith Bank
Nig.Plc,as he is our representative in Nigeria and the person in charge of
the release of your approved payment to avoid further fraud.He is one of the
few Nigerians we have tested and confirmed worthy to handle this job without
fear or favour.

The only thing that you have to do is to procure a document which will
empower the bank to deduct all transfer charges and wired your payment into
your bank account.

*You should send him your full Name/telephone number and your bank details
where this fund will be transfer to,without any further delay.

Conatct Name: JIM OVIA*
*Email Address: (*)
*Direct Tel: +2348039321963

Hoping to hear the good news from you for we are here to make the World a
better place.

Congratulations in advance.*

*Thanks and God bless you and your family.*


Payment Release Notification Officer
United Nations Organization

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