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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" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 01:54:57 -0700
Subject: Detail Information.

United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, USA.

Dear Fund Beneficiary,


We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed United Nation
secretary general, and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary
Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and
approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we
discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by
corrupt officials of the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into
their private accounts.

To forestall this, security for your funds was organized in the form of
your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM CARD and this will enable
only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD. We will
monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by
the Officials of the bank.

An irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group
and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are
happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions; your
complete unpaid Winning funds have been credited in your favor through ATM VISA

You are therefore advised to contact our subsidiary authorized paying agent in
(WEST AFRICA NIGERIA)with details below:

Mr. Lancelot Tracia Anderson
Director ATM Payment Department
(West Africa Nigeria)
Official Contact

Contact him now and tell him to advise you on how to receive your ATM CARD.
As soon as you establish contact with him, an ATM card will be processed and issued
in your name which will be sent to your home address in your country
immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any Bank ATM
Machine in your Country, but the maximum is 5000 GBP per day.

When contacting him, contact him with your data as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Telephone Numbers:
6. Country:

NOTE: You are advised to furnish Mr. Lancelot Anderson, with your correct and
valid details. Also be informed that your ATM CARD is valued 950,000,00 GBP.



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