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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Ms.Carman Lapointe-Young." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 06:11:03 -0700
Subject: Urgent Respond needed by Ms.Carman Lapointe-Young from the United Nation International Oversight service New York!

Internal Audit, Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations Division.
Attn: Funds Beneficiary,
With all due respect sir, my name is Ms.Carman Lapointe-Young from the United Nation International Oversight service New York; I wish to inform you that I came to Nigeria few days ago with the United Nation Secretary General on his two days official visit to Nigeria but was directed to London-England, United Kingdom yesterday from Nigeria on a special duty, after series of complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam Activities going on in these two nations. You can go through our website
I have spoken with the adviser on international matters to the Prime minister here in London and have also spoken to the president of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria since the funds originated from his country Nigeria “On our telephone conversation, He has told me that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your fund since the assumption of office as the president this year. Right now, as directed by our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon after his recent meeting with the President of America on his recent trip to India, We are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorize the Government of England to effect the payment of your compensation of an amount of (US$8,500,000,00) approved by both the British government and the UN in your favor Either by online wire transfer/Check payment/ATM card Method without any more delay. The only fee you will pay to confirm your fund
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mrs. Lee Johnson from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account. On the acceptance of this email, I will advise you to reconfirm me with your present phone number and address to enable me cross-check with what I have here in our database.
I have a very limited time to stay in London here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on what next to do as soon as you can take care of the Notarization fees of US$220 as written above.
Reply through this Email address only (
Sincerely yours,
Ms.Carman Lapointe-Young.
United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Internal Oversight.

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