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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:35:46 -0800
Subject: Compensation From the United Nations...

How are you doing today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may
not Understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a
meeting for the past Seven months which ended Three days ago with the
former secretary to the UNITED NATIONS in the person of Mr.Kofi Anan
This email is to all the people that have been scammed or extorted
money from because of your contract/inheritance payment execution in
any part of the world, People that lost their relative in war in
Middle East,in natural disaster victims   also people that has spent
time in contribution to growth of humanity and less privileged once
the UNITED NATIONS with UNICEF have agreed to compensate them with the
sum of US$500.000.00 this includes every foreign contractors that may
have not received their contract Sum and people that have had an
unfinished transaction or international business that failed due to
Government problems or irregularities etc. We found your name in our
list and that is why we are contacting you, this have Been agreed upon
and have been signed by the United Nations Board of Directors and
You have to contact Rev.David Uche, our payment agent, as he is our
UNITED NATIONS representative Payment Unit, contact him immediately
for your Cheque/International Bank Draft/ATM CASH CARD/via Telegraphic
wire Transfer of US$500,000.00 this funds are in a Bank Draft/ATM Card
for security purpose. He will send it to you and you can clear it in
any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full
Names and telephone numbers/your Correct mailing addresses where you
want him to send the MONEY to you. and tell him your file Reference
below (RE-1077_V). Contact Rev. David Uche immediately for your
Cashier Cheque/ATM card:
Person to Contact: Name:Rev.David Uche
Tel: +234-70-57701449
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as
soon as you cash your money . Making the world a better place for the
sake of Humanity. Give him your file Reference (RE-1077-V) and you are
free to contact him via telephone number
N/B Check the site for Payment made already which your name is among
the outstanding
Dr. Ban Ki-Moon.

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