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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 <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:02:01 +0100

a copy of your response to official email:


How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may not understand why this mail came to you.

In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations and also based on the agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty, We send you this mail.

We have been having series of meetings for the passed 7 months which ended
few days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS

This email is to all the people that hasve been scammed in any part of the
world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of
?500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds)
This includes every foriegn contractors that may have not received their
contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.

Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team of
Scotland yard and United Kingdom Financial Commission observers and this is why we are
contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed.

You are advised to contact Mrs Anita Frew of Lloyds Bank, London
as she is our representative in United Kingdom, contact Her immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of ?500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Pounds) Note, This fund is in a Bank Draft for
security purpose.She will send it to you and you can clear it in
any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send her your full Name and telephone number and
your correct mailing address, where you want her to send the Draft to.

Person to Contact Mrs Anita Frew
Telephone: +44-702-406-5051

Goodluck and kind regards,

Making the world a better place

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