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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: revjames james <>
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2007 06:04:57 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: The Beneficiary


The Beneficiary,


We are delegated from the United Nations to Central Bank Nigeria to pay 100 Nigerian 419 scam victims $3.5million each, you are listed and approved for this payments as one of the scammed victims, get back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your
$3.5million compensations funds.

On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Abuja,Nigeria, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, in other to retain the good image of the country, the president of the Country is now paying 100 victims of this operators $3.5million each, Due to the corrupt and inefficient banking systems in Nigeria, the payments are to be paid by Pacific Finance Company Plc under funding assistance by the Central Bank of Nigeria

According to the number of applicants at hand, 84 beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States and Asia, we still have more 20 left to be paid the compensations of $3.5million each only.

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the syndicates who was arrested in Imo State Nigeria as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason for whatsoever, the US secret service is already on trace of the criminal.

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You will receive your compensations payments via a DRAFT PAYMENTS and not a WIRE TRANSFERS; I shall feel you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you. In reply, provide your contact telephone number where we can be reached if need be.

Yours faithfully,

Rev. james
De-facto Chief Compensation Officer
United Nations Compensation Committee


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