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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: "Rev. Ben Chris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:29:00 -0700
Subject: Ref/Payments Code FGN/PHBPLC/06654/09 $3.5Million usd

Attention: Victim,

Ref/Payments Code FGN/PHBPLC/06654/09 $3.5Million usd

This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the United Nations International Fraud Monitoring Unit, I wish to notify you that the office of the Nigerian presidency affiliation with the United Nations has been authorized to pay out to 50 innocent victims of the widely know internet scam called Advanced Fee Fraud aka 419 the sum of $3.5Million usd. You have been listed and approved for this payment as
one of the scammed victims.

On these faithful recommendations, we want you to know that during the last UN meeting held at the United Nations Headquarter, London, as it has come to an alarming proportion based on reports from different victims, some of these victims have almost lost their lives, families,properties, and friends. The most alarming aspect of the issue was on the amount money lost by these various innocent individuals to scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today, and in other to compensate victims, the United Nations body in conjunction with the newly elected government in Nigerian has agreed to pay 50 victims $3.5Million usd each in accordance.So you are advise to fill out this
below information to enable us proceed.

1)YOUR FULL NAME.............

Yours Faithfully,
Rev Father Ben Chris
United Nations
iGeneral for Internal Oversight.

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