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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:

Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:15:05 -0800

Dear Sir,

It's our pleasure to inform you that United Nation in West African had
a meeting with the Authority of International Court of Justice
concerning scam activate in African countries in such as Nigeria,
Benin Republic, Ghana and Burkina Faso the report of scam against
innocent people worldwide such as U.S.A citizens, Asia and European.

Whom the country of Nigeria/Benin Rep, Burkina Faso Ghana and other
African Countries mostly West Africans, have decided to compensated
you due to meeting held with Four countries Government and the world
high commissions against fraud activities by the Country above.

Your name was among those that scammed as listed by the West Africa
Financial Intelligent Unit (WAFIU).Compensation has been issued out in
Certified ATM Visa card or cash delivery to your home address value of
$2.5MILLION USD to all the affected victims and has been already in
distribution to all the bearers.

Your name was among those that were reported undelivered as of this
moment and we wish to advise you to comply with the instructions of
the Committee Chamber to make sure you receive your fund by any mode
of transfer or cash delivery without any further delay.

We advise you to do the needful thing to make sure the WAFIU transfer
or delivery of your fund via our reliable Courier Company appointed on
before Saturday. You are assured of the safety of this transaction and
availability and be advised that you should stop further contacts with
all the fake people and fake security companies, scammers and Bank

Therefore you are advice to contact the person in charges of this
COMPENSATION and her name is Mr James Uche and make sure you contact
her immediately for more details.

Name: Mr James Uche

Contact her with your full delivery information regarding the delivery
of your fund the Post/Mail service and also any beneficiary will be
responsible for Post/Mail fees so as to avoid any scam and the fees is
$87.00usd and you will receive your funds by cash delivery or ATM Visa
card without any further delay.

Here is the payment information through Western Union Money Transfer
stated below:

Receivers Name: James Uche Nwaogu
Country/City: Lagos Nigeria
Test Question: good
Answer: Trust.
Amount: $87.00USD

WAFIU thereby have made a concrete arrangement with the reliable
courier company Nigeria Republic for a safe delivery to your door-step
once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the conveyance.

Yours in Service,
Barrister:Frank Morris

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