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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 Nation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 02:31:01 -0800
Subject: We have been having a meeting**

Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations IMF, World Bank and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations.; Base on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty.
We have been having a meeting for the passed 2 months which ended today. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$ 15,700.000.00 (Fifteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.
Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team of Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and  this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed. You are advised to contact Mr. David Jones of United Nation Compensation  Commission, as he is our representative, contact  him immediately release of your Fund worth the total sum of US$ 15,700.000.00 (Fifteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand United  States Dollars Only)
This fund is in a Consignment Box well Locked for security purpose ok? This meeting was first held on the 8th of April 2003. View this page:
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send your Consignment Box (Fund) to you. Contact Mr. David Jones immediately for your Fund with the following information.
1. Full Name:
2. Direct Cell and House Phone Number:
3. Contact Address (P.O Box not acceptable)
4. Your Age and Current Occupation:
5. Attach copy of your identification:
Person to Contact: Mr. David Jones
Office Email:
Phone: +234-704-407-4794
I sincerely apologize on behalf of The United Nation for the plight you have gone through in the past years in receiving your inheritance money. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Goodluck and kind regards
Making the world a better place
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon Secretary
Please Contact Him 

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