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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: "Dr Mellisa Allen" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 07:27:09 -0500
Subject: CHECK PAYMENT $1.950M

Your Ref: SNT/ATM/822

This is to officially inform you that The United Nations in Affiliation with European union Commission have agreed to compensate you with the sum of US$1,950,000.00 in a Cashier Check, for self support.This is regarding the draws he organized before he left the office to help individuals to own a self charity organization also for your to build your Personal Company/organization so as to help the less privileged children

This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract, inheritance sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems and the World financial Crisis etc. We found your name in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you

Your personal identification number is 2911. Provide the following details and forward to the delivery officer of Kessier Febian of TNT Courier Service;
E-mail: ( )

.Your name (In Full):
.Delivery Address:
. Phone Number (s)
.Your Passport or ID Card.

Name: Mr. Kessier Febian
Tel: +229 99 85 73 20

Your are implore to contact the courier service immediately for the delivery of your Cashier Check.

Dr Mellisa Allen
Payment Committee
Manager UN/BRS
Enviando por WebMail 2011

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