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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 Foundation" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2009 09:53:36 -0700
Subject: Qualification Numbers(G-999-747,UZ-900-77)

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you that your e-mail address has won in the UNF
GRANT DRAW.Therefore you have been approve for a lump sum payout
($1,000,000.00 USD) in the UNF GRANT DRAW. Your Qualification
Numbers(G-999-747,UZ-900-77), Your e-mail ID emerged as one of the winners
in the 1st category.

Please fill the form below and send it to our payment department officer

Mr. Robin Steven for claim:
E-mail :
Tel: +44 703-596-1615


1.Full Name:
2.Full Address:
5.Phone Number:

United Nations Foundation.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Robin Steven.

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