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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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Fraud email example:

From: "HM TREASURY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:53:05 +0100
Subject: HM Treasury Initiative

                                         HER MAJESTY'S TREASURY DEPARTMENT
                                                     LONDON UK
                                   1 Horse Guards Road,London SW1A 2HQ
From the Desk of:
Head, Debt Reconciliation Initiative
HM Treasury
London UK
This is to inform you that your  payment  has been  Approved  by the UNITED NATIONS(UN) /INTERNATIONAL MONEYTARY FUNDS (IMF)/WORLD BANK / United Kingdom Government  JOINT PANEL on Debt Reconciliation .Immediate release of ALL winners Debts / Contract Inheritance has been  issued irrevocably .Which you are Lucky to be amongst the  beneficiaries.
According to the information gathered by Foreign Payment Unit Office (FPUO)/ Federal Security Agency, has confirmed that some unlawful officials in the UK banking Sector and Her Majesty Treasury are using their powers/position by charging beneficiary illegal fees which the UK Government did not authorized.  In this regards, all the officials involved many of them has been arrested and sacked and some under investigation after our conference meeting with Federal Executive Counciland British Home Office respectively. The Representative of the Africa Union (AU), UN, IMF Representative in Europe, America and Asia.
A UN/IMF DELIVERY OFFICIALS has been appointed named JOSEPH PAT BROWN, mandated to deliver your Approved funds to you in your country of residence.
The funds total US$8.5 Million Only approved in your favor will be delivered to you alongside Approved  Back UP Documents  by the Delivery Officer Named Above who has just informed us of his arrival   at JFK International Airport New York  in the United States of America . Before he can deliver the package (funds) to you, you have to reconfirm the following information so as to ensure that you are   the right person/Beneficiary.
1. Full Names
2. Residential Address
3. Age
4. Occupation
5.. Direct Telephone Numbers
6. A Copy of Your Identification.
After verification of your information you will be contacted so that  final arrangement on the exact time to he will deliver your package to your residential address. Send the requested information in order to proceed.
Below is the Contact Details of the Delivery Officer in JFK New York USA
Delivery Officer's Name: Joseph Pat Brown
JFK International Airport,
New York
Tel: 718 690 90
Reconfirm Your Details and Call him immediately on the above Phone Number.
We sincerely believe that you nhave been adequately briefed on the subject mater.
Yours sincerely,
Timothy N. Briggs
Head, Debt Reconciliation Initiative
HM Treasury
London UK
TEL:+44 70457 17275
Direct fax:+44 8709 743597
Presented to Parliament by
the Chancellor of the Exchequer
by Command of Her Majesty
Correspondence and Enquiry Unit
HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road

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