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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: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:24:34 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS.


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais Wilson 52 rue des Piques CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland, In collaboration with World bank Switzerland hereby address this email to you, in accordance with our meeting which ended two days ago.

Attn: Sir/Madam,

Compliment of the season, how are you doing, am sorry if you receive this message in SPAM folder kindly move it to in-box.

I am Mrs. Christen Redman, Vice of the Mass Public Announcer to United Nations, I was instructed to contact you by Mr. Ban Ki-Moon the U-N Secretary general in regards to our last meeting for this year 2011.

>From our Report for the year we receive a confirmation that you where among the scam victims, meanwhile the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon of United Nations has agreed to Compensate you with the sum of $1000,000 USD (One Million Dollars) each and also to pay 30 other victims from your country who has been Victims of Internet scam, your email was in the list submitted for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount.

Also this compensation exercise organized by the Scammed Victims Reconciliation Commission, extended to victims of Hurricane, earthquake, War displaced and Aged. Anyone who is a victim of the above mentioned is liable to benefit from this compensation exercise.
Meanwhile your payment has been signed and endorsed, therefore we wish to inform you that our new reliable United Nations Bank is in Bangkok-Thailand.
You are advised to contact Mr. Joseph Musah, as he is our representative in Thailand, he will direct you on how to contact the bank for your payment.

Contact Person: Mr. Joseph Musah
Tel: +66-849-328-456

Please Re-send him the following details such as

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Direct Mobile No:
3. Your Age and Occupation:
4. Your Home or Office Address:

Making the world a better place

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Christine Redman
Public Announcer of Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon

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