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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: "Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:31:59 +0100
Subject: Are You Alive..?. Call me or send me SMS... For your payment.

Attn: Fund Beneficiary.
This is to officially inform you that sequel to the recent high rate of criminal acts like scam, fraud, impostors and drug trafficking in Africa and sub-United States of America regions, the United Nations secretary-general has delegated me (Mrs. Carman Lapointe-Young) as the Internal auditor, monitoring & investigation division of the Office of the Internal Oversight services (OIOS). I was delegated and nominated to come down to Nigeria to make sure that fund beneficiaries like you get their funds because the rate at which fund beneficiaries are being treated in this country is not good, some of them has lost everything they have, rendered homeless and some declared bankrupt because the top bank officials continuously ask beneficiaries to pay/send money to them as they claimed that they are from one big offices & will help you get your fund but all these was just lies and deceit to make you believe them.
Few days ago I arrived Abuja, the capital territory of Nigeria and I have meet the President Muhammadu Buhari as directed by the UN secretary-general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the president has issued an approvals for me to work in collaboration with the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission to make sure you get your compensation & approved fund urgently, it was resolved by the president and UN Approved the sum of US$48.9 MILLION by the British government and the International Credit Settlement (ICS).
Sincerely, as I just arrived the country, I went through your payment file to discover that the top Nigerian & British officials/bank that was supposed to pay you rather decided to embezzle the fund, divert it to their personal account and they are working with some top political officers to frustrate you but you must be rest assured 100% that once I hear from you with the required like your full name and Address / age / telephone/ Occupation/ sex. / you must get your fund.
I have been given few weeks to make sure you get your fund, so it will be better if you respond to this email urgently and I will advise you on how best to get your fund urgent after you write us back with your Info needed.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young
United Nations Under-Secretary
General for Internal Oversight.
Telephone: +2347013443646
E mail:

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