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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: "Jean Francis Zinsou" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:47:31 +0300
Subject: Yours Faithfully, Jean-Francis .R. Zinsou

Attn; Beneficiary
Greetings Dear, The UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with HSBC BANK have
agreed to compensate you with the sum of US$1,200,000.00, for self
support. This is regarding the draws he organized before he left the
office to help individual town and Unemployment Benefits also to help
the less privileged children and We have been trying to reach you all
this while.

This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their
contract, inheritance sum, and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government
problems and the World financial Crisis etc. We found your name in the
list of those who are to benefit from this compensation exercise and that
is why we are contacting you.

Now We are contacting you to let you know that An ATM CARD worth $1.2 US
Dollars Has been programmed in your name for your compensation and all
the necessary arrangement of delivering the ATM CARD has been made with
SKYLINE COURIER/SECURITY COMPANY Benin Republic. We did it this way so
that it will be easy for you to receive your Fund.

Contact them with Your Full Receiving Information such as....
Your Name,Address, Phone number/ID Card

Contact Person:
Dr.Obi Ginter
Phone +229-9969-1328
Registration Reference No of the Package FDXB/xxx/100
Code Number:xxxKP/229B

Yours Faithfully,
Jean-Francis .R. Zinsou
Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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