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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: "mrs helen white" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:37:22 +0900
Subject: United Nations Organization compensation payment committee, has mapped out

Attention Beneficiary:

This is to officially inform you that the United Nations Organization
compensation payment committee, has mapped out funds running into Millions

United States Dollars for the settlement of all funds that have been lost
to Nigerian/UK Scams via Lottery Winnings, Contract payments, Fake Bank

Transfer scams, Inheritance Funds payments, fake money orders, fraudulent
online shopping, dating scams, charity scams, check transfer and ATM

scams etc. This compensation is been sponsored and done by the Nigerian
Government in collaboration with the World Bank, United Nations

Organization and Western Union Money Transfer.

We have been directed by the United Nations Security Council to make a
compensation payment of US$100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand United States

Dollars Only) to you being one of the listed beneficiaries. Be informed
that a first part payment of sum of US$2,000 (Two Thousand U.S Dollars)

shall be sent to you on a daily basis for 50 days.


Immediately confirming your information,we shall give you more information
on what you need to do to activate the MTCN(987-651-7649) to start up

your transfer.

Mrs. Helen White
Western Union Department Head office®s
Tel: +2348065538661
Send Money Worldwide®

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