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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 Development Programme." <donation@undp.com>
Reply-To: <ecowas_ng@yahoo.cn>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 04:08:59 +0100
Subject: Cash Grant/Donation.

United Nations Development Programme.
United Nations Donation Programme 2010.

NOTIFICATION FOR DONATION TO YOU FOR DEVELOPMENT AT YOUR REGION.

United Nations Development Programme, and Charity in conjunction with the
Ecowas, Europen Union, are giving out a yearly donation of US$850,000.00
(Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) as specific
Donations/Grants to 40 lucky international recipients worldwide.

This is to inform you that your Email address have won a prize money of
US$850,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) as one
of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your own personal,
educationand business development for this year 2010.

Based on the email random selection exercise of internet websites and
millionsof supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky
recipients to receive the award sum of US$850,000.00 (EightHundred and
Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the UNDP, ECOWAS, EU and the
UNO in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament.

Your Qualification numbers is(N-222-6747,E-900-56). For claims fill the below
form and send to the payment department ECOWAS HEAD OFFICE Nigeria.

FULL NAMES:____________________
ADDRESS:_____________________
CITY:________________________
STATE:______________________
ZIP:_________________________
COUNTRY:___________________
SEX:_____________________
AGE:___________________
MARITAL STATUS:__________
OCCUPATION:________________
TEL:_______________________
E-MAIL ADDRESS:___________________
DATE OF NOTICE:____________________
=============================================
SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO THE
Public Relations Officer. (P.R.O)


Thank you and Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Mr. D Shaw.

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