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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: "ANDREW PHILIPS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:10:05 +0530
Subject: Compensation Commission Unit

United Nations Compensation Commission Unit.
Palais des Nations; Av. de la Paix 8-14;
1211 Geneva 10;Switzerland.
Dear Beneficiary;
We wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review of all unclaimed funds contract; inheritance or lottery funds; your payment file No(FS753NQ)has finally been forwarded to us for review and immediate payment of your long delayed funds starting with a first compensation transfer of US$2.700,000.00 to your bank account in your country authorized by United Nations Compensation Commission Unit.
The Audit reports show that you have been going through hard times by paying a lot of money to dubious officials for the release of your funds.
We therefore advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence outside this office because you do not have to pay to them for you to receive your funds.
Your US$2.700,000.00 will be credited to your bank account within 3 working days as soon as your account is reconfirmed and transfer copies forwarded to you and your bankers for
For the immediate payment of your US$2.700,000.00;kindly contact today by email; our Payment Coordinator in the ASIAN
UN Zonal Officer;New Delhi India.
All correspondences to Mrs. Priyanka Gupta; by email should have this Reference Number:
'UNC/45R/MG8IND ' sent along with your Contact details:
Please  provide the following information.
Full Name: _______________________________
Yours faithfully;
United Nations Compensation Commission Unit.
Palais des Nations; Av. de la Paix 8-14;
1211 Geneva 10;Switzerland.

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