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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: "Mr. Dennis Sweat." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:52:36 -0700

Chief Compensation Officer
African Monetary Agency
In-collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee
(United Nations Anti-fraud Commission)
United State Of America.
Attention: Dear Scammed Victim.
We are African Monetary Agency  In-collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee (USA) to pay 1000
USA,Europe, Africa and Nigerian 419 scam victims $900.000.00 each, you are listed and approved for these payments
as one of the scammed victims to recieve $900.000.00 as compensations funds.
On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last UN meetings held at Washington D.C and New
York USA,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 this continent, all the
west African head of states of west African countries, presidents and all members of the parliament of Ecowas states is now
paying 1000 victims of this operators $900.000.00 each as approved by USA President Barrack Obama.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking systems in Africa, the payments are to be paid through USA and London Monetary
Agency, under funding assistance by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Euro Bank in London According to the number of applicants
at hand, 584 beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States and Asia, we still have many left out to be
paid the compensations of $900.000.00 each only.
You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason for whatsoever; the US FBI
secret service is already on trace of the criminals.
Note that you will pay the (COT) Cost Of Transfer before Your Fund Transfer will be carried out Successfully.
Contact Mrs. Julie with the details Below and And ask her to give you information on how to pay the Cost of  Transfer of Your fund
into your Bank Account by TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER SYSTEM (TT). The cost of transfer will cost you just $450.
Do not be deceived by anybody to pay more than $450 for the (COT) Cost of  your fund transfer.
Her Name and Contact Email address is as bellow:
NAME:       Mrs. Julie
Address:     554 SW Jefferson St. Sheridan, Or 97378 USA.
Please send her the following details for further processing:
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm:
1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:
9.Your Bank Details, and attach a scan copy of your Id.
You will receive your compensations payments via Bank to Bank transfer,Mrs Julie shall feed you with further modalities as soon
as you Contact her Via-Email.Make sure you Ask her to send you the details on how to pay the Cost of Transfer of your Fund to your
Nominated Bank Account.
Note that this COT fee of $450 should be paid Directly to Mrs. Julie in USA for immediate processing and transfer of your fund.
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Dennis Sweat.
Chief Compensation Officer,
African Monetary Agency in Collaboration with United Nations Compensation Committee,(United Nations Anti-fraud Commission),USA.

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