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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: "Reverend George Paul" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 15:58:49 +1200
Subject: Urgent Attention.

FROM THE DESK OF: Reverend George Paul.
General Consultant United Nations.
Tel: +234-808-595-8552.
Urgent Attention:
I am Reverend George Paul, General Consultant and United Nations Diplomatic Delivery Agent. Your out standing payment through consignment delivery. This is to notify you that after our meeting today with the president of Nigeria, accountant general of the federation, office of the senate house and the United Nations representatives we came to a conclusion that we have to pay you the sum of US$10.5 Million as your contract entitlement. The payment will come to you through consignment delivery process.
We informed them that your funds worth US$10.5 Million must be delivery to you within the next 24 working hours with out any further delaying and you will receive it through consignment delivery process. Moreover, we have an agreement with the federal government of Nigeria, that your consignment delivery process must be done within the next 24 working hours from the hour you response back to this message.
Be informed that we are working in collaborations with the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, who authorize the immediate payment of your long awaited funds without any further delay. You are advised to include the followings below:
(1). Your Full Name:
(2). Direct Telephone Numbers:
(3). Contact Address:
(4). Your Occupation and Property Owner:
(5). Age and Sex:
(6). Marital Status:
(7). Working Identity Card/Int'l Passport:
(8). Nearest Airport Close To Your City:
Thanks for your co-operation.
Reverend George Paul.
General Consultant, United Nations.
Tel: +234-808-595-8552.

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