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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: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:09:34 +0200

1775 K ST NW # 400
Dear Fund Beneficiary,
We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed United Nation secretary general, and the governing body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by some corrupt officials and impostors who are trying to divert your funds into their private accounts for their personal use.
It will interest you to know that we have discovered an unpaid sum of US$15. 5 million Dollars in your favor and an irrevocable payment guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on your Payment. However, we are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions; your complete funds have been credited in your favor through banking system. You are therefore advice to contact: Mr. Martinez Hughes. (Director of operation and Foreign Payments) Natwest Bank London United Kingdom via e-mail: { }
As soon as you establish a contact with him, he will process and effect the release and transfer your fund into your account. So if you like to receive your funds through this means you're advised to contact (Mr. Martinez Hughes) and provide him the following information as stated below:
1. Your Full Names:
2. Physical Address
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Telephone Numbers:
6. Country:
NOTE: The amount to be paid to you is ($15,500,000.00) Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively.
Mrs. Susan Hilton.
United Nations.

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