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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 07:55:59 -0200 (BRST)
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT!!!

Dear UNCC Beneficiary,

On behalf of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in affiliation with Western Union Campaign for Global Economic Crisis eradication, we wish to notify you that your E-mail Address has won you $1.400,000,00USD in the UNCC 2012 End of the Year Jackpot.

For security reasons you are to provide your receiver's details below for transfer.

Receiver's Full Name:
Home Address/Country:
Telephone Number:

Note: All participants were selected through their internet around the Globe from over 25,000 internet websites and If You Receive This Message in Your Junk or Spam Its Due To Your Internet Provider.

Online Co-coordinator,
Mrs. Lina Anderson.

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