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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 Org <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 15:51:40 -0700
Subject: Compensation Notification

United Nation Compensation Award
10101 Balagun way, Victoria island,
London, UK

Dear User,

This mail is from the United Nation Organisation head office in
London, England. This is to inform you that we are currently
compensating all scammed victim all over the world who have been involve
in online internet scam. The government of Great Britain and Federal
reserve Bank of United state in conjection of United Nation organisation
has decided to compensate all scammed victim. This is to apeal to all
user of internet who have lost money using internet and microsoft is say
a big sorry . We the operator and management of Microsoft are giving
handsome reward to some scam victims. We are rewarding you with
$2,000,000.00 US . This means that you shall be awarded $2,000,000.00
US Two Million United State dollars

This is not only for those who have been scammed but to some lucky
people all over the world. If you receive this mail, this means that you
have been made one of the lucky beneficiary of the total sum of
$2,000,000.00 US Two Million United State dollars. To claim this, fill
the information below:


Best regards,
Banjamin Oprah

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