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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: United Nations Monitoring Institution <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:34:17 +0100 (BST)
Subject: PAYMENT ADVICE From The Desk of: Mr. Svoboda J Williams

PAYMENT ADVICE From The Desk of:
Mr. Svoboda J Williams Compliance officer, UEUNMI
Office address: N°54 Missebo Fest America Squ, Cotonou -Benin.

Tel/Fax:+229 91547854
for your email and information here in, with full financial trust and
responsibilities we are pleased to notify you that we have perfectly
process the necessary things and the payment has since being effected
through a new secure system for making fast confirmed payments.

The money is in an escrow account in your country and  can only be
obtained by yourself (receiver) the account is set up under your
name/email address  only for your to  receive the  withdrawal codes/zip
archive with the details such as when and where to pick up the cash at
any convenient bank locate inv your area. If there are no convenient
locations near you, you can request to transfer the cash immediate to
your destination bank account via first priority swift transfer.

Please also remember that you have to normally bear the following
predetermined expenses ($55) Only as the authorities demand which is
described as selective payment to enable us effect maximum clearance on
your file and automate your full information on the transfer script text
to exonerate you from any form of interrogation and to authenticate the
fact that your payment  are clean and has no links whatsoever with
either drugs or terrorism and to ensure that no mistake or error is made
so that the payment  will reach your hand on time through a legitimate
secure way  without any question.

When the fee is paid, we will then process and send the
details/document. Just present it to the teller in any bank and state
that you have transfer awaiting you from European Union @ United Nations
Monitoring, and Inspection (EUUNMI) the bank will pay cash to you up to
internationally agreed limits per country. These limits are higher than
our competitors.

Finally you are advice to proceed as soon as you get this email to 
Western union or money gram office  and send the $55 USD with the bellow

Receivers name:              GODSON C. OTEH
Amount              :               USD $55

Destination Country :          BENIN
City                         :         COTONOU
Text Question       :               10+10
Answer                  :                20
Forward the MTCN.............................

On sending of the fee, you are advised to strictly transmit the MTCN: to this email (
and a copy back to me for record purposes also make sure you confirm
again your full name telephone and contact address so that we can
process the information as well direct you to three to four of our
affiliate banks in your area for the easy pick up of your payment.

Respectfully awaiting you're gently reply and the payment
information to enable us process the transfer to your position today.
Make it URGENT

Yours in service,
Mr. Svoboda J Williams(Compliance Officer).

European Union @ United Nations Monitoring,
(W A M I) / (A.S.F.C.) / (UEUNMI) Funds Commission BENIN.

Email :

Add    :  N°54 Missebo Fest America Squ, Cotonou -Benin.


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