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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 NATIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:56:35 -0700

Attention Beneficiary,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family, You may not understand why this mail came to you.
We have been having a meeting for the past 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is for all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 500,000.00.
This includes every foreign contractors/beneficiaries that may have not received their contract/inheritance payment,and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed.
You are advised to contact Dr. Chuks Brown of INTERCONTINENTAL BANK PLC, as he is our representative in Nigeria, contact him immediately for your USD$500,000. These funds have been programmed in an ATM MASTER CARD, for security reason. So you are going to receive your ATM MASTER CARD, from Dr. Cane Chioma,and you can use it to withdrawl your USD$500,000, in any ATM MACHINE in any part of the world.
Therefore, you are adviced to contact Dr. Chuks Brown immediately, with the following information's,such as
(1) Your full Name
(2) Telephone number
(3) Address
Contact Dr. Chuks Brown immediately for your ATM MASTER CARD:
Intercontinental Bank Plc
Contact person: Dr. Chuks Brown
Tel: 234 1 954 3021
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your Atm master card. Making the world a better place.
Miss Jennifer Cole.

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