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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: "Hon. Mounkaila Goumandakoye." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:48:42 -0000
Subject: Get In Touch With Apex Express Courier Delivery Company Benin :

United Nations Regional Head Office - Africa.
United Nations Funds Assisted Program,
Directorate of International Payment.

Attention: Beneficiary,

We have been having several meetings for the past 7 months which just ended few days ago with the two Regional Directors for Africa Mr Mounkaila Goumandakoye - The Regional Director / Representative for Africa(ROA) and Mr Young-Woo Park - The Regional Director/ Representative for Asia and the Pacific(ROAP) under the instructions from the office of the Secretary-General to the UNITED NATIONS to monitor the movement of currency trade/funds transactions in and out of Africa and Asia, and to trace all non-paid beneficiary funds presumed to be diverted. This is due to the series of reports and petitions sent from several Beneficiaries/Funds owners concerning the non-payment of their funds which originated from Africa and Asia.

This email is to all the Beneficiaries of Contract Funds, Inherited Funds,Accumulated Interest and other Financial Related Funds Transactions in which your Funds were not released/delivered to you neither were they transferred in to your bank account up till date.

It is ascertained that most of these funds were diverted into wrong hands,some are presumed to be used in sponsoring terrorist groups all over the world as such a Tracer has been in operation to trace and locate where these funds are, if they were actually paid to the Rightful Beneficiary or diverted. These category are classified as victims of Financial Fraud and Currency Diversion.

Hence it is agreed to compensate all Non-Paid Beneficiaries either past or still in present with the sum of each ($2,500, 000.00 USDollars) for self support. This was a decision adopted before He, Koffi Annan left the office for Ban Ki Moon Jim Yong in collaboration with Clinton Global Initiative, this serves as an assistance to help the Beneficiaries re-build whatever they have lost and extend a charitable hand to the less privileged in there communities.

This includes every foreign contractor,supplier, inheritance, lotto sum and other related non-concluded financial transactions and all unfinished international business transactions that failed due to Government policies, unavoidable circumstances and related problems.

You have two options to receive your payment which is either a Pin Based ATM card or Certified Cashier Cheque which you can cash in any bank of your choice all over the world. You are advised to select one out of the two options on how you wish to receive your $2,500, 000.00 Million Dollars through ATM card or Cheque which will be shipped via Apex Express Courier Delivery Company Benin Republic and would get to you within 2 to 3 working days at most.

You are advised to contact Dr. Martin Ade of Apex Express Courier Delivery Company Benin Republic, as he is our representative in Benin Republic, contact him immediately for your ATM card or Certified Cashier Cheque of $2,500, 000.00 USDollars. This funds are in a Cashier Cheque for security purpose, so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.


The actual fees for shipping your ATM Card/ Certified Cashier Cheque is $115.99 Dollars before Apex Express Courier Delivery Company will commence in delivering of your package

Therefor you are advised to contact the dispatching officer responsible for the shipping of your Certified Cashier Cheque or ATM Card with the following information for shipping of your payment through Cashier Cheque or ATM Card.

Make Sure you provide him with the following information as soon as you receive this Email for their immediate action .

1,Your full Name.
2,Your Address where your payment will be dispatch to you:.
3,Home telephone number/Cell Phone:.
4,A Scan Copy Of Identity Card Or Drivers License to avoid wrong delivery:
5,Your Occupation:
6:Your Age:
7,Preferred Payment Method (Certified Cashier Cheque or ATM Card):

Contact him now and inform him that you received an email from the UNITED NATIONS , instructing you to call him for immediate release of your ATM Card Or Certified Cashier Cheque of USD$2,500, 000.00 and forward your details to Dr. Martin Ade immediately for your ATM Card or Cashier Cheque at the given address below:

United Nation Dispatching Officer
Company's Name: Apex Express Courier Delivery Company Benin.
Contact person: Dr. Martin Ade.
E-Mail: (
Telephone: +229-98950302

The dispatching officer will provide you with instructions on how you are to make the payment of $115.99 Dollars only for the shipping of your ATM Card or Cashiers Cheque. Remember that you are not paying any extra fee except this $115.99 We wish you Good Luck.

I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past.

REF: The UN Foundation Promoting A More Peaceful, Prosperous & Just World.

Hon. Mounkaila Goumandakoye,
United Nations Regional Director/Representative,
Regional Office for Africa(ROA).

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