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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 Kingdom Department of Humanitarian Affairs" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 03:30:31 +0300
Subject: Congratulations Beneficiary

You are No(5)you won (£650,500.00GBP)organized by UNITED NATIONS
details needed for processing
1.Full name:___2.Contact address:___3.Tel:___4:Country:
4.Occupation:____6.Telephone No:___3.Sex/Age:___
UNITED NATIONS New Year Promotion.
do contact our paymnet officer below
Contact: Mr.Maxwell Moore.
TEL: +447045790232
UNITED NATIONS On-line Coordinator.

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