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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: "Mr. Rodney Bent" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:33:59 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From United Nations office UK

>From United Nations office UK
3 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EL

>From the Desk of:
Mr. Rodney Bent


In the course of a recently concluded 2010/2011 investigations through FBI AND other world recognized security agencies and our internal Financial security network went into action and many BANK FUND TRANSFER DOCUMENTS/VISA CARDS AND CONSIGNMENTS was intercepted/seized due to certain delivery and payment manipulations which is not recognized by this body, your name was mentioned in one of the payments seized/intercepted file information so you are advised to immediately re-confirm your full details before the payment can be directed for released to your destination according to our official payments procedure.

Mr. Rodney Bent

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