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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: "Mr.banki-Moon" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2011 15:19:44 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Reply immediately


This letter is address to you in order to change your life from today. I am Mr. Bank i-Moon, The Secretary General United Nations.

I discovered that your name and email address (in the Central Computer among the

list of unpaid contractors, inheritance next of kin beneficiaries that

was originated from Africa ( Nigerian Government) , Europe, Asia Plus

Middle east, Americans) among the list of individuals and companies

that your unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account.

Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a

part-payment of $10.5million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United

States Dollars) and has been approved already for Payment, yesterday

two foreigners ( Mrs.Mary Peace and Mrs.Cathy McDonnell ) visited my

office in your stead to inform me that they are your Representatives

from United State Of American, whom you send to collect your Funds for


We in this Bank do not understand why you sent these ladies to come

and Collect your Funds on your behalf.If actually you want them to

help you Collect your Inheritance Bill Sum, at least you should have

informed me as the Secretary General of the united nations.

They actually tendered some Vital Documents which Proved that you

actually sent them for the Collection of this Funds. Honestly, it

really baffles me that you took such decision without my consent.

Here are the Document which they tendered to this Bank today:




Actually, these Documents which they tendered to this Noble Bank is a

clear Proof that you sent them to Collect this Funds for you.Finally,

I told them to come back tomorrow morning and they obey promised to come


As The Secretary General and obedient man of GOD, I was supposed to Release this

Funds to them but I refused to do so because I wanted to hear from you


Due to the Nature of my job, I will not want to make any mistake in

Releasing this Funds to anyone except you whom is the Recognized Bone

fade Beneficiary to this Funds.

Kindly clarify us on this issue before we make this Payment to these

foreigners whom came on your behalf.

In receipt of this confidential Letter, you are required to email me

back immediately you receive this Confidential Letter.

Officially Signed.

Best Regards,

Mr. Bank i-Moon

united nations secretary

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