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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 Trust Funds Award Program" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 03:17:21 +0800
Subject: Final Notification.

Dear Beneficiary,

I am surprise at your prompt silence, as you have been sent several emails from the United Nations Organization, You were listed as a beneficiary to the sum of $650,500.00 USD.

For some security reasons,we need you to send your 1.Name:-------------2.Address:---------------3.Telephone Number:--------------- to Dr. Brian Scott
I request that you forward your immediate response to
Phone Number :+60143457922

to enable us supply you more details on your transfer and beneficiary status.

Ban Ki-moon.

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