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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 (U.N)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 20:52:23 -0000
Subject: Re:Scammed Victims Compensation Payment.

AMOUNT ;$500,000.00 USD.
I write to bring to your notice that I am one of the official delegate from the United Nations to BARCLAY'S BANK to pay 500 (Five Hundred) scam victims $500,000.00 USD (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the beneficiaries to be paid this amount as compensation.
As a result of this laudable recommendations, it is imperative to bring to your notice that during the last U.N. meetings held at New York, United States of America by all the Minister Of Finance Of All Countries, it was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the meetings on the loose of funds by various foreigners to the scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today. In other to redeem the good image of each country, the Secretary General of the U.N has ordered the payment of $500,000.00 USD each to the affected victims in pursuance with the U.N. recommendations.
Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems in some banks around the world, the payments are to be made by BARCLAY'S BANK PLC, LONDON.
According to the number of applicants at hand, 128 Beneficiaries has been paid, 60% of the victims are from the United States, while about 40% are from other parts of the world. We still have more than 73% left to be paid the compensations of $500,000.00 USD each.
Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested in London as one of their victims of the operations, After proper investigations and research at Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram office to know if you have truly sent money to the scam Syndicates through Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram, your name was found in Western Union Money Transfer database amongst those that have sent money through Western Union Money Transfer to them and this proves that you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous persons by sending money to them in the course of getting one fund or the other that is not real, right now we are working hand in hand with Western Union and Interpol to track every fraudsters down, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to anybody for any reason what so ever as The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime
Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.
Many Banks, Universal firms, Companies and individuals have been in bankruptcy today due to the activities of these hoodlums. However, a thorough investigation have revealed that these people have dropped Millions Of victims across the world, after collecting their money falsely, many as a result of this have committed suicide, while others are now living in abject poverty.
As regards these ongoing developmental strive, we have over 89 suspects at hand, Many in prisons. While many are awaiting trial, we are still in search of others, who think they are wise, and hope that you will assist by giving any vital information that could lead to the apprehension of these hoodlums.
You would be receiving your compensation payment via ATM CARD as U.N approved $500,000.00 USD for you, to which has been reprogrammed in to the ATM CARD prepared on your name.
All that is needed from you now to receive your ATM FUND CARD is the diplomatic courier services charges, Which is (260.00 GBP) Two Hundred and Sixty Great Britain Pounds Sterling only. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except 260.00 GB Pounds. The ATM FUND CARD will be insured for it not to get lost in transit to your home address. NOTE: Under normal circumstances you are suppose to come down to our office here in London and collect your ATM CARD in person, so as to enable you sign some documents as proof of the collection of your ATM CARD but United Nations and the Finance Ministries insisted that you pay for the DELIVERY FEE ONLY of your ATM CARD, which will cost you only 260.00 GBP to cut down travel expenses.
An official delegate of BARCLAY'S BANK PLC /UNITED NATIONS SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATIONS PAYMENTS will call you as soon as the card is been ready for the courier service to send to you .I want you to know that immediately we receive your information your ATM SWIFT CARD has started been programmed and it will take 3working days for us to get everything ready and the courier company will inform you when they will dispatch it to you.
Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices claiming to be in possession of your ATM CARD, you’re hereby advised only to be in contact with Perry Williams Mr. at of the ATM CARD CENTRE who is the rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act upon and commence investigation.
However, you are required to reconfirm your details.
The needed information is asked below:-
Congratulation in advance.
We Await Your Urgent Response.
Best Regards,
Mrs. Victoria Ashley
CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.

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