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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: "Monica Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 03:14:04 -0500
Subject: Compensation Payment

You have been compensated with a cheque payment of $2,811,041.00 USD by the UN-HABITAT.

Please email your Name, Residential Address, Country and telephone number to ( ) for your cheque claim.

CONTACT:- United Parcel Service (UPS)
Contact Name: Ola Peter
Tel: +2348057294222

Please take note that you will pay a shipping/handling claimant fee of $95 USD to UPS.

Monica jones
Programme Manager
United Nations Human Settlements Program

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