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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: "UNECA®" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:14:20 -0800

TEL: +251 11 551 0365 (direct)
FAX: +251 11 551 7200
Attention Please,
Am Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of (ECA) and a delegate of the UN Reimbursement
Development Program. A summit was held at the United Nation  Headquarter in New York, United
State on 21st November 2011 and it was reported by various representatives from parts of the
Globe that over 90% foreigners have lose possession of their entitlements to rigid impostors in
Africa due to inefficient economy stability and inadequate facilities in the African Security System.
Following this developmental strive; the Economic commission for Africa (ECA) has combined
effort with the United Nation Anti-crime Commission to alleviate the plight of these victims since it
has been revealed that many Banks, Universal firms, Cooperate Organizations, companies and
individuals has been bankrupted due to the activity of these hoodlums. However, thorough
investigation also revealed that these impostors have dropped over 500,000 citizens after collecting
their money falsely; many as a result of this have committed suicide, while others are now living in
abject poverty.
The UN has embarked on a fund raising project to compensate beneficiaries under the strict
supervision of the U.N as MasterCard International have been empowered to assist facilitate an
immediate reimbursement of fund. The first Batch of payment; Five million, five hundred thousand
United States dollars, Credited to MasterCard Account No. 5148 6547 8940 6578 with serial
Numbers: 2419879 and Reg. No.MCIMJ: 5148/4178 with a daily withdrawal Limit of Ten
thousand United States Dollars $10,000.00, was approved to be issued to you as a valid
International ATM MasterCard acceptable in more than a million ATM's, over 210 countries
around the World. The ATM card has being approved to be delivered to your door step via
Registered Mail, no Hidden Charges because all freight/delivery fees have been paid.
NOTE: In due circumstances, beneficiaries are to travel down to MasterCard Regional office in
London UK with valid identification's to sign the release documents in person however, the
Economic Commission for Africa have advised that all beneficiaries should simply secure a Non
Appearance Approval (NAA) as to Cut-short Traveling expenses. The NAA ascertains the
release and subsequent delivery of the MasterCard without having you travel over for signing of the
release documents, it attracts a fee of $395.00 only which will be paid accordingly by the
beneficiary in question.
You are required to contact our co-operate Head Office via Email or Telephone for further inquiry
/ clarification in order to enhance an immediate reimbursement of funds to you since Two Thousand
beneficiaries has already been paid, more than 60% beneficiary are from United State, while about
40% are from other parts of the world.
Abdoulie Janneh
Executive Secretary of the UNECA .
This communication is confidential and is intended solely for the addressee. It is not to be forwarded
to any other entity or copied without permission of the sender and may be protected by professional
privilege or which disclosure is prohibited by law. Please notify the sender in the event you have
received this communication in error.

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