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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: "Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:00:48 +0800
Subject: Your $1.5 million compensation funds is ready for claims

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
Dear Beneficiary,
This is Federal Bureau of Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division Investigation (FBI),based WASHINGTON, D.C enhanced by the United Nations and right now we are presently in West Africa Nigeria working as representative solicitors to the United Nations,In the course of recently concluded Series of meetings that have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This meeting ended 5 days ago.
In the meeting the united nation (UN) concluded that the Federal Bureau of Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division Investigation (FBI)should make investigation's based on past to 2012 fraudsters in African regions and also to make arrests of any suspected fraudsters in these African regions.
In collaboration with the present governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and South Africa.We right to you just to inform you that, we the UN security operatives solicitors (FBI) have so far arrested over 957 fraudsters in both west and south African regions and prosecuted over 300 government and banking officials and arrest is still going on.
So far, the UN security operative solicitors (FBI) has also recovered about $143 Billion dollars from both cash in accounts and properties and assets confiscated. It is from the address books of the arrested officials that we found your email address.
Right now, the United Nations (UN) and their Africa Union (AU) counterpart is paying a sum of $1.5 million US Dollars compensation to those whose emails addresses and other personal data are recovered from these arrested officials, and also paying full contract or inheritance and wining amounts to those with provable information qualifying them as genuine contractors and beneficiaries of funds in the affected countries.
this is a general massage to all our clients that we have there email addresses here, Which Category do you fall we have many victims here so indicate to us with this? Have you lost money to scam? or are you still in communication with anyone or have you recieved scam email before? Are you a legitimate contractor and fund beneficiary in any of the affected countries? Please we want you to respond to this e-mail for your compensation payment to be released to you.
Please, indicate clearly as you get back to us for proper guidelines and details on how to receive your compensation/full payment.
your compensation/full payment will be giving to you by one of this methods of payments below:
                                                        (1)ATM MASTER CARD
If it is by ATM MASTER CARD: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $3,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 4 years time which is 2016. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.
                                                        (2)CASHIERS CHEQUE   
If it is by CHEQUE:you will have to come over to Lagos Nigeria to sign all the needed doccuments for it or it will be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days if you want it to be deposited in you bank. Your payment would be giving to you via any of your preferred option.
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the (UN) including taxes, custom paper and clearance you dont have any thing to be afriad of or to be worried about
To effect the release of your fund valued $1.5 million US Dollars you are advised to contact our corresponding officer.Dr Micheal Jonathan who is the rightful person to deal with in regards of your compensation funds with this information below,
Telephone: +234-8034165255.
You are advised to contact him with the information's as stated below:
Your full Name..
Your Address:..............
Home/Cell Phone:..............
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Cheque)
Take note you are only advised to be in contact with Dr Micheal Jonathan for release of you compensation funds,if any one email you to be in contact with him that person is definitely a fraudsters and you will have to stop communication with every other person if you have been in contact with any.only be in contact with Dr Micheal Jonathan.
Yours sincerely,
Miss Donna Story
Take note again: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you are only adviced to be in contact with Dr Micheal Jonathan for the release of you funds because he is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your funds and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.

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