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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: "United Nations" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:26:46 -0700

Fund Beneficiary.
This is to officially bring to your notice that The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out in your favor the total sum of $1.5 Millions as payment for this Fiscal year 2012 this instructions is from the custody of the United Nation representative office,The United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council and the payment has been approved by World Bank as its to help those who have not received their inherited fund to get their fund.
We hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-PPCK22) You have to indicate this code when contacting the our authorized ATM Card Payment Center with your contact details,You are hereby authorize to contact the paying office with the information below as soon as you receive this email for immediate release of your payment to you through ATM Card which will allow you to withdraw the sum of $2,000 US Dollars from any ATM Machine around with the use of your pin code to enable you be the first beneficiary to receive its fund since the paying office have a lots of beneficiary to pay according to our instruction.
Outline below are the details you need to send them to enable them quicken the process of releasing your ATM Card to you.
Full Name:
Telephone No:
Identity Card if any.
However outline below is the paying bank contact information, contact them now for the immediate release of your payment to you since it has been approved by United Nations and World Bank meanwhile do not be taken unaware that all the necessary document backing the fund up has been forwarded to the custody of the paying bank.
Payment officer: Rev Hensley Herman
Email:  ( )
Do let us know immediately you contact May Bank for your immediate payment please do not forget your payment code it is very important.We found your name in our list and that is why you are receiving this email notification.
United Nations.

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