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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 NATIONS ORG." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:43:44 +0100
Subject: YOUR FUND

How are you doing? hope fine? I am Lapointe Carman, I work with the United Nations Organization (UN) London, United Kingdom. We are contacting you about your inheritance / compensation fund and it's delivery / transfer to you. Pleased to inform you that the arrangement for the delivery of your fund in the total amount of Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($4.5M USD) to you through a convenient means of delivery depending on your choice have been successfully concluded by the UN Board of officials in the last meeting held yesterday. Please reconfirm the below information immediately to Email: freemanb.comliss@yaho
Your Full Name;....
Mobile Telephone Number;....
This transaction is legitimate and documents that pertains this transaction shall be enclosed to you upon the receipt of your mail to us as you get back to us for further proceed on how you can get your fund.
Lapointe Carman
3 Whitehall Court
London,United Kingdom
United Nations (UN)
Tel: +447035987137

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