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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:49:11 -0400
Subject: Your Inheritance/Winning payment!!

Attention Beneficiary,
We wish to inform you that the United Nations (UN) has taken over the
Inheritance/Winning payment issue which you currently or previously had
with your transaction agents. Your funds was withdrawn by UN on your
behalf based on the fact that you where subjected to too many processes
that will make you spend more money before receiving your funds.

Your Inheritance/Winning payment was paid out to the United Nations
Organization, and they have succeeded in depositing your funds enclosed
ATM CARD.They have ordered us to take full responsibility in the Delivery
process of your funds, and we have received your application for the
release of the total amount of$1,500,000.00USD, One Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars enclosed ATM CARD.

For some security reasons, we need you to reconfirm your Name: Address:
zip-code: Town: State: Country: Age: and Phone Number: before receiving
the said ATM CARD,and we will email you details after 24 hours of
receiving this e-mail.
Please contact our Release Agent with the details below:
Dr. Lee Yung
Phone: +60.103.962.901
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Patricio Ortiz
For:United Nation Compensation Scheme 2013.

Do not tell people about your Compensation Award until your money
is successful handed over to you to avoid disqualification that may arise
from double claim.
You may also receive similar e-mails from people portraying to be
other Organizations or Network Inc. This is solely to collect your
personal information from you and lay claim over your Compensation.
All Prizes must be claimed within 4 weeks of Notification. only one claim
submission will be required. Successful claims will be honored within 30
days of claim.

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