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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: "OBAMA FOUNDATION & UNITED NATIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <firstbankhq@accountant.com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 03:39:46 -0500
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION PAYMENT

OBAMA FOUNDATION and UNITED NATIONS
22 GARDEN CLOSE STAMFORD,
LINC'S,PE9 2YP, LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM.
TEL: (+44) 7024092426
FAX: (+44)7024092428
EMAIL: obamafoundatngov@yahoo.it
 
 
Greetings to You On behalf of the OBAMA FOUNDATION and UNITED NATIONS,
we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of $500,000.00 USD in compensation of scam victims.
 
This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the OBAMA
FOUNDATION and UNITED NATIONS in conjunction with the First Bank Plc to pay 10
Victims of scam $500,000.00 USD each at this year 2012 compensation scheme.
 
Your E-mail ID was listed amogst those approved for this payment as one of the
scam Victims to be paid this amount. You are to fill the appropriate
form and Submit to the bank.
 
 
[1] Full Names: ______________________________
[2] Contact address: _________________________
[3] Direct Telephone No: _____________________
[4] Occupation: ______________________________
[5] Country: _________________________________
 
 
We have on our own part verified your payment file as directed to us,
and your name is next on the list of outstanding fund beneficiaries to
receive their payment at this final quarter of year 2012. With that
being done, you are required to urgently contact the Managing Director
of the First Bank, NIGERIAN OFFICE. Through their Head Funds Release
Supervisor Mr Kevin S. Aronin . )
Email: firstbankhq@accountant.com )
 
 
Note that, you are advised to go there in person or have your lawyer sent to
go on your behalf to claim your funds. But if you canít go there to claim your funds that
means the only payment you will sent to them in Nigeria is only $355
for the stamp duty notarization charges together with the Telex
clearance charges,  once you sent the fees to them the have 24 hours
to credit your account without delay.
 
However if your account is not credited in 24hour  you have to sent us
an email so that we will call them on phone and tell them to Release
your fund to you because that is the Instruction we give to them.
 
 
Best regard
Mr. George Bunting.
Coordinator.
OBAMA FOUNDATION.

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