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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: "EU UNION" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 2 May 2010 16:36:50 -0700

Mr. J. M Kosse
Chairman Committee
(On Foreign Payment office)
European Union
Korte Vijverberg, 6
NL-2513 AB Den Haag
+31 / (0)70 313 54 00
+31 / (0)70 364 70 0

Direct payment Order Notification from United Nations US Government and European Union

Attn: Beneficiary

The European Union, US Government, World Bank and United Nations Organization has officially re-approved the payment of your inheritance fund and lottery/award winning payment valued of US$17M

The European Union in conjunction with U.S Government, World Bank and United Nations Organization do hereby give this irrevocable approval order with this release code: GNC/3480/02/10 in your favor for your entitlement, which you have not received yet, your payment was approved so that your contract/inheritance fund should be released through The European Union. So you are advised to present your account details for the payment which is by wire transfer, as your inheritance payment, so in regards to the transfer you will provide any of your bank account details for the transfer of your fund with out delay. Be informed that I am contacting you in regards to the instruction given to my office; please I will urge you to try and follow the instructions so that your fund can be released to you immediately.

Your new payment, European Union approval no; EUXX120, White House approved No: WH44US, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 and your certificate of merit payment no: 103, released code no: 0763; immediate telex confirmation no: -1114433; secret code no: xxtn013, having received these vital payment number, therefore you are qualified now to received and confirm your payment with the European Union immediately within the next 72 Hours.

Is important that you stop any other communication with any other person in respect to this payment, you are advice to deal with this office to enable us direct you and your payment to the paying bank for immediate release of your payment. Further details on your payment would be given to you as soon as I receive your response with the below listed particulars.

1) Your full name:
2) Address, city, state and country:
3) Personal cell phone, fax and mobile:
4) Company name (if any) position and address:
5) Bank name:
6) Bank address:
7) Account number:
8) Routing number or swift code no:
9) Occupation, age and marital status:
10) Copy of your int'l passport/drivers license:

Yours faithfully,
Mr. J. M Kosse
Foreign Payment committee

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