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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: "Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 10:41:43 +0100
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary, This Is From Office of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

From:, Special Envoy to
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
Contact: Dr. George Ubah

Attention Beneficiary:

We have been having a meeting for the past 7 months which just ended 2
days ago with the secretary to the United Nation. This email is to all
the people that have been victim in any part of the world, The United
Nation in Affiliation with World Bank have agreed to compensate you
with the sum of US$1,200,000.00, for self support.This is regarding the
draws he organized before he left the office to help individuals to own
a self charity organization also for your to build your Personal
Company/organization so as to help the less privileged in there

This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their
contract, inheritance sum, and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government
problems and the World financial Crisis etc. We found your name in the
list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and
that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed and have also
been signed. Now,you are advised to contact Dr. George Ubah, the
Delivery Manager of Skyline Courier And Delivery Company, as he is our
representative in Benin Republic, contact him immediately he will
direct you on what to do so that you will get your compensation fund
with is contact information below: Therefore, you should send him your
full Name and telephone number including your correct mailing address
and a scan copy of your current identity card to avoid wrong delivery,
where you want him to send the Bank Draft to you.

Contact Person: Dr. George Ubah.
E-mail :
Phone : +229 98 24 64 85

We apologize on behalf of the organization for any delay you might have
encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you
and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your
Bank Draft. Making the world a better place.

Office of Secretary-
General Ban Ki-Moon.
Ms Anita Hall Financial officer
United Nations..

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