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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: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:21:00 -0400




Due to the petitions received by the UN, I Secretary-General Ban ki-moon from all over the

continent in regards to the fraudulent activities going on in the West Africa sub-region

with security's agent and diplomats who has been delaying

people's funds, consignment and valuables in their custody and demand outrageous fees to

get their consignment released to them.

We have been having a meeting for the passed 7 months which ended 2 days ago with the

former Secretary-General (Hon.Kofi Annan) to the UNITED NATIONS. However, We went to the

African head quarters in NIGERIA on the 15TH JULY 2010 as well as other affiliate offices

and set up this committee with sole aim of settling all these anomalies and due to that we

are contacting you today in that regards.

This email is to all people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED

NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of USD 5,500,000,00 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.

We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, these have been

agreed upon and have been duly signed.

Therefore, we are happy to inform you that an arrangement has perfectly been concluded to

effect your payment as soon as possible in our bid to be very transparent.

However, it is our pleasure to inform you that your ATM Card Number; 5428 0500 1100 4432

has been approved and upgradedin your favor. Your pin number is: 2020.

Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number will be available as soon as you confirm to us the

receipt of your ATM CARD.

The ATM Card Value is USD5,500,000.00 USD Only. You are advised that a maximum withdrawal

value of USD5,000.00 is permitted daily.

And its is duly inter-switched and you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM

Center of your choice/nearest to you any where in the world. We have also concluded

delivery arrangement with our accredited courier service Companies to oversee
the delivery of the ATM Card to you without any further delay. Your payment would be sent

to you via Federal Express Diplomatic and Sky link fast delivery ,ARAMEX, DHL AND FedEx,

and UPS EXPRESS DELIVER. Because we have signed a contract with

The courier companies above.

Below is an example of tracking numbers you can track from UPS and ARAMEX website to

confirm people like you who have received their ATM CARD successfully:

(1).Name: Mrs Lydia Hilton
Tracking Number: h7910086543

(2)Name: Samuel Brown:
Aramex Tracking Number: 7843074734

Be informed that your response would be by telephone or through email Only. Any further

delay will be the pleasure of the
UNRC to use your fund to help the people who have been displaced in Darfur, Sudan Africa

which you can see it in this site and the Tsunami's victims in Asia. So you are hereby advice to forward

to this office Director ATM SWIFT
CARD Department Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your

correct mailing address where you
want him to send the ATM to you.

Person to Contact: Apostle Hay Ford

We are working according to the constitution binding this committee as well as helping the

less privilege through this means.
You will be required to contact the above mentioned institution via telephone or email.

Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your ATM.

Making the world a better place


Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General UNITED NATIONS).

If you have received this email in error. You are advise to delete this email or destroy

the content of this email. Do not reply this email Contact the person ABOVE directly for


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