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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: "MR. KOFI ANNA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 02:01:22 +0400
Subject: The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) Payments

From: Special Envoy to Secretary-General ROY SMITH


The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) has made available a total of $863,725,490.00 to 27 governments and two international organizations for distribution to 370 successful claimants who has being Victims of Internet scam .

This payment is made under the third phase of the payment mechanism established by the UNCC Governing Council.

Your name came up under the list of people who have long-outstanding claims from inheritance, lottery winnings and contractors to some foreign governments.

See the UNITED NATIONS news link for details:

Your Payment File was given to this office in respect of your total long over-due amount for which we have approved $8.5million us dollars (Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars.

You have failed to claim because of either non-compliance with official processes or apparent ineptitude by the payment officers who have been handling the payment.

We wish to bring to you the solution to this problem. Right now we have arranged your payment by CONFIRMABLE APPROVED DRAFT.

However, while the security film has tried to contact you without success a person in the name of Morris David an American citizen sent a message and called this office claiming that he has your mandate to claim the funds. Do you know this person and did you authorize him to claim the funds on your behalf?

It is very important that you contact us immediately as the security film will have no option than to release the BANK DRAFT to Morris David if they do not hear from you in the next 72 hours.

In your response you must send the following information as listed below.

1. Full name
2. Phone and Fax number
3. Your age and current occupation
4. Attach copy of your identification

Contact Pastor Henry Green immediately for your Cashier Cheque (DRAFT) because he is our payment agent in West Africa, and our UNITED NATIONS representative in West Africa. Give him your File Reference (RE-1077-V).

Send a copy of your response to official email:

Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

Furthermore, Please kindly bear in mind that you will pay for the insurance charge of your Cheque before shipment. Kindly cooperate with Pastor Henry Green for your shipment of your Cheque.

Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. This is to make the world a better place for the sake of humanity.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Kofi Anna
Secretary United Nations
West Africa
(Financial Officer)United Nations...

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