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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: "C.B U.Nations" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 07:12:00 -0700 (PDT)


Attn: Beneficiary.

This is to bring to your notice that i am delegated from the United Nations to all Central Banks in Africa to pay all scam victims the sum of US$400,000.00 (FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) each.You are enlisted and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims.

The United Nations Compensation Commission Payment was created as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council.Its mandate is to process
claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Internet Fraud.

You should get back to Dr.Donna Travano,as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your US$400,000.00 compensation funds.On this faithful recommendations,we want you to know that during the last U.N. meeting held at the United Nation Head Quarter in New York in the United States of America,it was alarming on the rate people have lost their hard earned money in the hands of fraudsters that are operating in syndicates all over the world today.

In other to compensate victims,the U.N Body in conjunction with the Economic Community Of West African States(ECOWAS) is now paying all the scam victims the sum of (FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) $400,000.00 each in accordance with the U.N. recommendations.

Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in Africa,all the payments are to be supervised by the United Nations Official,Hon Murray McCully.According to the numbers at hand,558 Beneficiaries has been paid,half of the victims are from the United States.We still have many more left to be paid which you are one of them.

You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason what so ever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals.

You are hereby advised to contact the payment officer in charge through the following information's. Name: Dr.Donna Travano, E-mail : ( ) You will receive your compensation payment through,CASH DELIVERY SERVICES or through Automated Teller Machine (ATM PAYMENT SYSTEM)only.

Further modalities will be related to you by Dr.Donna Travano as soon as you contact him.

Yours Faithfully,
Hon Murray McCully.
UN Representative.

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