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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. Ban Ki-moon" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:14:49 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: your MasterCard ATM

Dear Sir/Madam
This is to official inform you that we have been having a meeting for the past Six (6) month which ended three days ago with (IMF) International Monetary Fund President Hon. Mrs. Christine Lagarde in the meeting we discussed on issue concerning Scam victim and Compensation procedure which we have concluded.
Therefore I am writing to notify you that United Nation have agreed to compensate you with the sum of Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand United States Dollars ( USD$980,000.00 ) this also including international business that failed due to Government problems etc.  We have arranged your payment of USD$980,000.00 through MasterCard ATM which is the latest instruction from the World Bank President Dr. Robert Bruce Zoellick.
For the collection of your MasterCard ATM contact Barrister. David Fisher and forward the following details to him.
1. Full Name:.........
2. Country:........
3. Delivery Address:..........
4. Telephone:..............& Occupation.......
5. Your Age...... /Sex..........
6: Your Nearest Airport..........
Contact Barrister. David Fisher with below email and phone number and forward all your details to him.
Telephone +229 68296010
Note: for the immediate collection of your MasterCard ATM is your obligation to pay the delivery fee to enable you confirm your payment without further delay and note any other communication you made out side Barrister. David Fisher office is at of your own risk.
Asha-Rose Migiro
Deputy Secretary-General (UN)
CC:  Hon. Mrs. Christine Lagarde
CC:  Mr. Ban Ki-moon

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