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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: Pignard Claire <>
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:14:35 -0800
Subject: Re: Your Cashier Check

Good Day,

Having received your Claim Application, I am writing to inform you
that I am a delegate from the United Nations Compensation
Commission and to notify you finally about your outstanding
Compensation payment of $2,811,041.00 USD.

Please Send your Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Country and
telephone number to UPS ( for your cheque
payment delivery.

United Parcel Service (UPS)
Contact Name: Ford Hamilton
Tel: +2348077932717

Please take note that you will pay a shipping/handling fee of $145.00 USD to UPS.

Thanks for your attention
Pignard Claire
(United Nations Compensation Commission)

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