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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: <unitednations252@yahoo.com.ph>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:57:50 +0100
Subject: CLAIMS OF YOUR FUNDS

UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION UNIT, IN AFFILIATION WITH WORLD BANK AND IMF.
We the peoples...A stronger UN for a better World
Attention: Sir/Madam,
 
Due to the petitions received by the UN, from all over the continent in regards to
the fraudulent activities going on in the West Africa sub-region with security's agent
and diplomats who has been delaying people's funds, consignment and valuables in their
custody and demand outrageous fees to get their consignment released to them.
 
This email is to all people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED
NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of 2,500,000,00GBP. We found your email
ID in our list and that is why we are contacting you, these have been agreed upon and
have been duly signed.
 
To receive this 2.500,000,00GBP compensation Fund through Bank Draft, you should send your
full Name, telephone number and your correct mailing address. It is either you travel to
collect the Bank Draft to the location approved or you pay for the delivery/shipment.
 
The details of the collection centre in United Kingdom will be avaliable in our next email.
 
 
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your ATM.
 
Call this telephone number for details of your claim: +1-347-606-2580.
 
Making the  world a better place.
 
Thanks
Asha-Rose Migiro
 
Deputy Secretary-General (UN)
CC: Hon. Mrs. Christine Lagarde
CC: Mr. Ban Ki-moon
http://www.un.org/sg/biography.shtml.
Call: +1-347-606-2580.

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