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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: "" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:35:16 +0100

Attn Beneficiary,
My name is Dr. Mrs. Vicki Bini; I am the public relation officer for United Nations Organization office. I am contacting you based on the consignment box containing a compensation fee of US$600,000 handed over to me by the United Nation Secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon following the out come of the general meeting held two days ago with the incumbent president of Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission ( EFCC) Chair person Chief (Mrs) Farida Mzamber Waziri, because of reports and counter reports of fraud and scam victims which your name was among the short listed to be compensated with the sum of US$600,000 dollars and it was packaged in a consignment [BOX]in which I was directed to deliver to you Without any delay, in receipt of this mail, you are required to forward to me the following information so that I will make my trip immediately to deliver your consignment to you.
1] Full name:
2] Address of home/office.
3] Land/cell phone number.
4] A copy of your identification :
Contact me via this e-mail: for more information
Mrs. Vicki Bini
Public Relation Officer,
United Nations Commission

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