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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: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 07:21:40 +0400
Subject: Your $1.5 million (UN) 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 (Un) and (AU) and right now we are presently in West Africa Nigeria working as representative solicitors to the United Nations and (AU) 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 and present governments of west and south Africans. This meeting ended 5 days ago.

In the meeting the united nation (UN) and their African union (AU) 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. This meeting was held because of many complains that the (UN) got from individuals in their foreign countries that the have been loosing money from scammers in Africa and they should look into it.

And now in collaboration and help of the present governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and South Africa We have successfully 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.

Secondly the UN and (AU) security operative solicitors (FBI) also recovered about $143 Billion dollars from both cash in accounts and properties and assets confiscated from the arrested fraudsters in this African regions and It is from the address books of one 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 and you are one of them. Which Category do you fall we have many victims here, so indicate and get back to us? Have you lost money to a scammer or are you still in communication with anyone or have you been receiving 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 immediately.

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 these methods of payments below:


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 $5,000 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.


If it is by WIRE TRANSFER: your fund will be deposited in online banking of our choice that will be affordable and suitable for you because you will have to open an account with the bank before they can be able to transfer your funds from is own bank to your main bank were you will want your funds to be transferred to. 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 duty. So you don’t have any thing to be afraid 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...............
Mobile phone number........
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / WIRE TRANSFER)

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 advised 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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