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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 Nation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:50:22 +0800
Subject: Inheritance prize

We wish to inform you that the United Nations (UN) has taken over the Inheritance/Prize paying out issue which you currently or previously had with your
transaction agent. Your funds was withdrawn by U.N on your behalf based on the fact that you where subjected to too many processes of your funds. Your
Inheritance/Winnings payment was paid out by the United Nations Organization, and they have succeeded in depositing your funds with us.They have ordered
Western Union to take full responsibility in the transfer process of your funds, and we have received your application for the first installment of $5,600
USD from the total amount of $1.500,000.00 USD, One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars.For some security reasons, we need you to reconfirm
your Name..Address..Age..Country and Phone Number, before receiving the MTCN No for the first installment,and we will email you others details after 24 hours of receiving each
payment.E-mail Dr.Lee Young at or call our 24 hours Helpline@Tel:+60164300190 for any inquiries on the above message.
Yours truly,
kind Regard
Mrs.Sara Mohammed.
Western Union Payment Service Malaysia

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