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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:16:48 +0000

Robert S. Mueller III
Director Federal Bureau on Investigation
In Conjuction with The
Ban Ki-Moon
(UN Secretary-General)
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)

Attention Sir/ Madam

The Federal Bureau on Investigation ( FBI ) here in the United States of America in conjuction with the United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that %80 Percent of World Citizens has been Involved in an Internet Fraud which has Resulted to Many Damages and Losses in There Lifes. This Commission was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. Its mandate is to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damages suffered as a direct result of Internet Fraud. The UNCC in conjunction with the Obama Campaign on the 12th of October 2008 organized a confederation meeting which ended 2 weeks later, with the Secretary General to the UNITED NATIONS.This meeting was first held on the 8th of April 2003 by the then secretary to the UN. You can view this page for your perusal (

Furthermore, we want to place this on your notice that The Federal Bureau on Investigation Officer ( Robert Mueller III) recently had a meeting with the United Nation Secretary-General ( Ban Ki-Moon) along with some of the top officials of the Ministry regarding The Connection between Some Internet Fraudsters and Some of There Victims which I personally notified that You have been Indirectly been Involved with some Internet Transaction But Does Not have any Advantage as You have Lost alot of Funds Regarding to The Transaction. This email is directed to you hence you that have been scammed among other people in all parts of the world. In reference to the just concluded meeting, the UNCC in affiliation with Barrack Obama Campaign have agreed to compensate them with categorical payment sum of $2.500,000 each. In its decision 17" of 24th March 2006, the Governing Council established basic principles for the distribution of compensation payments to successful claimants. This decision was made two before the resolution of the first installment of claims before the Commission. As stated in the Secretary-General’s report of 2nd May 2006, it was anticipated that the value of approved awards would far exceed the resources available in the Compensation Fund at any given time. The Governing Council therefore devised a mechanism for the allocation of available funds to successful claimants that gave priority to the three urgent categories of claims and which, within each category, would give equal treatment to similarly situated claims. Only when each successful claimant in categories "A", "B" and "C" had been paid an initial amount up to US$280 would payments ommence for claims in other categories.

Accordingly, the first phase of payment involved an initial payment of US$180 to each successful individual claimant in categories "A" and "C". However, for humanitarian reasons, all category "B" claims will be paid in full of a total USD$2.500,000. A total of US$3,252,337,997.09 was made available to 1,498,119 successful individual claimants in categories "A", "B" and "C" under the first phase of payments. Claimants includes every foreign contractor that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why you are receiving this email notification.The Entire Bodies Involved in The Compensention Office ( The FBI and The United Nations ) are instructing you personally, that if you have been involved in the above Mentioned Transaction or You are expecting The Compensentation from the Federal Bureau on Investigation or The United Nations , You have to Immediately Proceed and Follow Our Instruction by contacting the Approved Payment Officer of the FUND REDEMPTION OFFICE in West Africa for the Immediate Release of the Compensentation Funds to you as he is our representative in West Africa who will be releasing your refund payment to you. Contact him immediately for your approved funds(USD$2.500,000). This funds are still Under the Firm and Custody of the Fund Redemption Office for security purpose.You have the Privilged to inform the Protocol Officer on How You want the Compensentation Fund to be Released to you, either Through a Bank Draft, an Automobile Teller Machine ( Atm Card) Bank Wire.

You are hereby advice to immediately contact the below Interpol officer concerning the Release of Your Fund and Do Instruct him that you were directed from the Office of the FEDERAL BUREAU ON INVESTIGATION AND THE UNITED NATION COMPENSATION DEPARTMENT. We hereby advice you to Furnish The Protocol Officer with your Full Name and Residential Address, Your Telephone and Fax Number. Here are the Contact Details;

Cad astral Zone, federal
Capital Territory,


In your best interest, any email or fax that doesn't come from the above official email address or addresses and phone number should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise you to contact either the approved Interpol Payment Office and request that they attend to your payment file as directed so as to enable you receive your fund accordingly or Respond back to This office immediately and Ensure that you follow all their procedure as required by them in order to hasten up the effective procedures, of transferring your funds to you as designated by you. Also have in mind that the Fund can be Released to you either from ONLINE BANK TO BANK WIRE TRANSFER OR THE FUND WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. Once again, we will advise you to contact them with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information which might be required from you prior to the release of your fund. All modality has already been worked out even before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them. All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you , the Interpol Officer and the Senate President of Nigeria. Should in case you need any more information in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us so in order to brief you more, because we are here to guide you and serve you better during and after this Issue has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.

Signed and Sealed By

Robert S. Mueller III
Director Federal Bureau on Investigation
In Conjuction with The
Ban Ki-Moon
(UN Secretary-General)
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)

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