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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: "UNCC CUSTOMER SERVICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 19:24:39 -0000
Subject: Re: UN- Official Notification

UN- INFORMATION CENTER/AUDIT/INTERCEPTION UNIT 700 19TH STREET, NEW YORK , N.Y. 10043 OUR REF: WB/NF/UN/WX04105 PAYMENT APPROVED CODE: XX90001-UN-UK SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2012 BENEFICIARY: UN HEAD OFFICE / INFORMATION CENTER US: To Whom It May Concern: Good day, We are sending this official letter to inform you that your Payment file valued at US$5.8Million has been approved by UNCC, kindly contact Sir. Jeremy Greenstock United Nations High Commissioner London (UNHCL) for immediate release of your funds with the payment approved code as stated above. More info: Contact person: Sir. Jeremy Greenstock Email: / TEL: +44 776 381 4367 Fax: +44 870 479 6992 Regards, Mr. Douglas Khan Head of International Monitoring Unit

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