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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: "UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mr.larry01_cooper1@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 23:45:37 +0300
Subject: United Nation and Federal Bureau Of Investigation

United Nation and Federal Bureau Of Investigation
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:
Dear Beneficiary:
 
 
 
Series of meetings have been held over the past 7 months with the secretary general of the United Nations Organization. This ended 3 days ago. It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $2,500,000.00 due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund.
 
 
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Malaysia his Excellency President Mohd Najib Abdul Razak to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes. Now how would you like to receive your payment? Because we have two method of payment which is by Check or by ATM card?
 
ATM Card: We will be issuing you a custom pin based ATM card which you will use to withdraw up to $5,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it and the card have to be renewed in 5 years time which is 2017. Also with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your local bank account. The ATM card comes with a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Even if you do not have a bank account.
Check: To be deposited in your bank for it to be cleared within three working days. Your payment would be sent to you via any of your preferred option and would be mailed to you via UPS Delivery Company.
 
 
Note: Everything has been taken care of by the Federal Government, The United Nation and also the FBI and including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $350.
 
 
To effect the release of your fund valued at $2.500,000.00 you are advised to contact our correspondent in Africa the delivery officer Mr. Larry Cooper with the information below.
 
 
Mr. Larry Cooper
Phone Number: +2347051065644
 
You are advised to contact him with the informationís as stated below:
 
 
Your full Name............
Your Address:..............
Home/Cell Phone:..............
Preferred Payment Method (ATM / Cashier Check)
 
 
 
 
 
Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a 100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.
 
As soon as you have contacted Mr. Larry Cooper with your full information, tell him to provide you with the details on how you are to wire down the fee to him,PS: the only fee you are paying is $350 for the Delivery of your Atm Card/ Cashier Check.
 
 
 
Note: This is the only funds that was due to you by compensation office, winning office and United Nation anybody telling you that you have a funds somewhere else is trying to scam you of your hard earn money, Your funds worth the sum of 2.500,000.00 usd have been signed and issued to you, so are advice to stop any contact you have been in so far with anybody because they are just scamming you of your hard earn money, And you should note that the only fee you are to pay to Mr. Larry Cooper is the sum of $350 for the delivery of your Atm Card/Cashier Check.
 
 
 
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs Cassandra Chandler
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535

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