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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: "Mr. Mark Garten" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:04:35 -0400
Subject: Claim your Over Due Compensation Funds.

Claim your Over Due
Compensation Funds.

Attention: Sir/Madam,

I am Mr. Mark
Garten secretary to United Nation
General Secretary Ban Ki-moon , a diplomat by profession, this
is to inform you about your compensation
Funds of ($3.5M) that has been brought here in O. R. Tambo International
Airport (IATA: JNB,Gauteng, South Africa From United Nation , owed to various
beneficiaries and Companies across the globe (Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, and
Australia) and Submit the list of the unpaid beneficiaries/companies to the 2
appointed Official delivery service for immediate payment of the fund, which is
to be delivered to you in your house address, please you are hereby informed
that the

consignment will be
delivered to your address.

All we need from you
is your full address of where the delivery will be made to you.

You are advice to
reconfirm your information and how you want your fund Paid to you without
further delay if you are healthy enough to check your Mail.

Below is the
information you are expected to re-confirm,

1. Full Name: ____________________________

2. Address: ______________________________

3. Nationality: ____________Sex___________

4. Age: ____________Date
of Birth: ________

5. Occupation: ___________________________

6. Phone: _______Fax:_____________________

7. State of Origin: _______Country:_______

8. Drivers license: ____________________

9. Copy of Your
Identity: ________________

To have me conclude
delivery of your compensation Funds of ($3.5M) to you.


Diplomat: Mr. Mark Garten.

Tel: +27742347852


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