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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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Fraud email example:

From: MR Bob John <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 05:13:35 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Waiting to hear from you ASAP.

TEL:  +229-9792-8417
FAX: +229-931 794 55                               Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX027/09
Urgent Attention,
Due to the petitions received by the UN 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 out-outrageous fees to get their consignment released to them.
However,( Mr. Ban Ki-moon ) who is the UNITED Nation Secretary-General came to the African head quarters in  COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC on the 27TH JULY  2011 and set up this committee with sole aim of settling all these anomalies and due to that we are contacting you today regards to your consignment box we discovered, The UNRC West Africa zonehas its Annex office in  COTONOU BENIN REPUBLIC and I MR Bob John was duly
appointed chairman to oversee the delivery/handing over of consignment  to its owners.
It has come to our knowledge just this morning when we took the security companies and diplomat in  COTONOU (BENIN REPUBLIC),LAGOS (NIGERIA) AND ACCRA (GHANA) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT and recovered consignments which one is bearing your name and contacts of your full information with which we are reaching you. Nevertheless reconfirm your name, address and correct phone number to us.
Note: that so far so good we have satisfied sixteen of our clients, six of them in the United States, Three in Australia, Two in France, One
India and One in Fiji and Three in Switzerland. We will only deliver to you on UNRC conditions as follows: (1) 5% to Charity home of your choice which the UNRC will be signatory to2) 5% to Tsunami Victims(3) 5% to United Nationswhich will be paid to UN HEADQUARTER in NEW-YORK Note, this condition and terms will be paid after delivery of your
Be informed that we will only accept your response by telephone or through email, (
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 and the Tsunami's victims in Asia.
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 reach us via telephone or email, (
Waiting to hear from you ASAP. 
Best Regards MR Bob JohnChairman (UNRC).

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