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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:52:56 -0500
Subject: Greetings To You,,,

Greetings To You,

On behalf of the COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and UNITED NATIONS, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of $900,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims.

The only money you are to pay to Mr.Anderson Cole is just $125 for the paper works, which we be backing up your fund is to your account or anywhere you want the money to be transfer to,take note of that.

This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the COMPENSATION AWARD AUTHORITY and UNITED NATIONS in Central Bank to pay 15 victims of scam $900,000.00 USD,kindly contact us with your full information

Co ordinator


Telephone: +23480-242-72-494
Name: Mr.Anderson cole
Yours Faithfully

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