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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: Miss Sang Jaw <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:26:03 -0600

United Nations Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
United Nations Liaison Office - Usa.
Fund Beneficiary

This email is to notify you about the release of your outstanding
payment which is truly $48.9 million. The Federal Government scheduled
a time frame to settle all foreign debts which includes
Contract/Inheritance/Gambling/ Lottery (Sponsored by Microsoft and UK
National Lottery) and other international loans (IMMEDIATE CONTRACT
PAYMENT.CONTRACT #:MAV/NNPC/FGN/MIN/009) . News had it that over the
past, numerous individual(s) who happen to be impostors (claiming to
be individuals, banks and organizations) are claiming to release
numerous sums of fund via numerous ways.

You have two options to receive your payment which is either a Pin
Based ATM card or Certified Cashiers Check. You are advised to select
one out of the two options on how you wish to receive your $48.9 million
. Your ATM card or Check/Bank Draft will be shipped via FedEx
Shipping Company and would get to you within 2 to 3 working days at

The actual fees for shipping your ATM card is $125.99 but because
FedEx have temporarily discontinued the C.O.D which gives you the
chance to pay when package is delivered for international shipping as
stated on their

We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the
fees reduce from the actual $125.99 to $96.99 nothing more and no
hidden fees of any sort! You are advised to contact the dispatch
officer responsible for the shipping of your Check or ATM card with
the following information for shipping of your payment Check or ATM

Dispatch: Officer: Dr. Wilson Cook
E mails:
CALL +447045793571

And provide him with the following information:
Full Name______
Zip Code______
Full Address______
Phone Number______
Preferred Payment Method (Check or ATM or Bank to Bank Transfer

The dispatch officer will provide you with instructions on how you are
to make payment of the $96.99 only for the shipping of your ATM card
or Cashiers Check.

Remember that you are not paying any fees extra no matter what. Once
again note that the actual FedEx Retail Price: $125.99 Your Price
(Because of our contract signed): $96.99 ($29.00 Savings!).

Here is the receivers name:

Name:.................... Timothy . M. Fontenot
Address:................. 27945 c-70 Hinton Iowa 51024 U.S A.
Amount:................. $96.99
Text Question:.......In God?
Text Answer:..........We Trust

Amb. Anthony Moore
(UN Envoy (Afrian Region)

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