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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: "General Ban Ki-moon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 07:31:04 -0700
Subject: Unpaid Beneficiary

From: General Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General for the United Nations
General For Internal Oversight Services
To: Unpaid Beneficiary,
This is to inform you urgently that a new panel has been raised due to the series of complaints from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia,Europe, South America and especially the United States of America respectively, against the African Countries and the British Government for the high rate of fraudulent activities going on all around the  global and especially in these two nations.
For more information about me,you can check my biography out by checking on the web at the link provided below,then you can be rest assured that you are communicating directly with a real Government official .
Right now, as directed by United Nations board of members which consists of representatives from all the countries of the World,it has been agreed with the collaborations of the Local Police,FBI,British Police and the Local Sheriffs/agencies and we have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorized the Government of your Country to effect your overdue payment which you have been struggling to get for so long directly into your account
without any delay as approved and instructed by CANADIAN GoVERNMENT,THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT and UNITED NATIONS . Mind you,I do not know how much is in question for the total money you are about to be paid for your overdue Payment but be rest assured that a Payment of at least 70% of your money will be remitted with immediate effect into your account .
Now,you are to email me directly with your Full details which consist of your Full name,Address,Occupation,Age,Marital Status and the total amount of your expected Overdue Payment so i can effect the 70% payment immediately .
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because the meeting for this important Compensation was just concluded this morning after being dragged so long at the ISTANBUL HIGH QUATERS OF THE UNITED NATIONS here in Turkey.You are hereby advised to get to me immediately while i am still here in Turkey to effect your payment from the Paying Bank here and you can be assured of getting your money in your account the next 72 hours.
N.B : Note that you have to handle a payment of $450 for Notarization fee and Transfer Charges being the commission to the Paying Bank here in Turkey and it will be paid directly to the Bank Payment Account Officer,this has nothing to do with the UNITED NATIONS as it is the Commission to the Paying Bank .
You can reach me with below information directly at my email:
General Ban Ki-moon
Sincerely yours,
General Ban Ki-moon
Head Of United Nations Under-Secretary
General For Internal Oversight Services

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