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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. Ban Ki Moon" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:36:06 -0700 (PDT)

Attention: Beneficiary

This message is directly from the Desk of Secretary to the United Nations We are writing to notify you that United Nations (UN) after series of meetings for the past 2 months now which just ended today . This email is to all the people that have been victim in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate you with the sum of US 3m, for self support. and includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract, inheritance & lotto sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we contacted you.

We have made investigations in all over the world & found out that you ve not received anything since then as United Nations (UN) confirmed also. Out of pity, United Nations have decided to write you, this have been agreed by United Nations that you should come up for your 3m, you are advised to contact our representative in Benin, Ambassador James Knight of United States of America in Benin Republic for your payment to you, You are advised to stop any further communication with your local representative or any officials, department whom may call you or email concerning this payment of your fund $3,000,000,00 Contact Ambassador James Knight of United States of America in Benin Republic as soon as possible. Call Ambassador James Knight on phone 00 229 97 066 211 and write him on his Email address:

Note further, State your receiving account information clearly by email, write everything in BLOCK CAPITALS exactly as stated above. We hope everything is very Clear to you? Thanks for your understanding and corporation This is the United Nations contact Ambassador James Knight, our representative in Benin he is an American Citizen Ambassador in Benin Republic as well. Your immediate response will be of great advantage to you. Be sure of this payment through Ambassador James Knight of united States in Benin Republic, as Mandated by us (UN). Be informed he is waiting for your responses. Call Ambassador James Knight on phone 00 229 97 066 211

Forward to him, your receiving bank account information immediately ii)Bank name, Bank address, Swift Codes, Account name & account numbers. Copy of your Identification , required also .iii)Send to him also your address in your country . And your direct mobile phone number. 2) Do contact Ambassador James Knight immediately at the U S Embassey in Benin Republic for this payment to you. Immediately you receive this E -Mail, you send your receiving bank account information as requested, you contact Ambassador James Knight ( USA Citizen) on Email: , this $3,000,000.00 Must reflect in your bank account as you will provide, .This is urgent Call Ambassador James Knight on phone 00 229 97 066 211

Thanks and be blessed you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you received your fund $3,000,000,00 in your Bank account. Making the world a better place.

Mr. Ban Ki Moon & Mrs. Pauline Maccbe
UN General Secretary (United Nations) (UN)

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