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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: "Ms. Kathy Calvin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:42:49 -0700

Internal Audit, Monitoring, Consulting And Investigations Division.

Attn: Concerned Beneficiary(s)

With all due respect, my names is Ms. Kathy Calvin from the United Nation International Oversight service New York;

it has come to our notice by the US. Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Terence P. McCauley that your approved fund from Africa, which

was intercepted, has not been released to you and we noticed that you made several attempt to transfer your funds but to no

avail, I wish to inform you that I appointed to come to Nigerian, West Africa on an ad-hock special duty after series of

complains from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United

States of America respectively, against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam

Activities going on in these two nations.

You can go through our website: I have met with the concerned Nigeria

authorities over this resolution and as well had meeting with the President of Nigeria (Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan) since the

funds originated from Nigeria and he assured us of his total support in realization of the transaction hence making sure that

all pending and approved fund/accrued interest is credited to the owned beneficiaries.

We are directed to working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have

resolved to waive all the impediment clearance fees/Charges hence the approved accrued interest of $10.5million as generated

by your long contract/inheritance fund which will be credited into your account without any charges apart from a Notarization

obligatory fees a compulsory fee to the United Nation Head Office in Abuja Nigeria ).

This measure is resolved by the IMF/WORLD BANK hence to ascertain and approve subsequently the transferring of the main

principal contract/inheritance amount into your designated bank account after you have received your accrued interest. This

payment was approved by both the British government and the UN in your favor either by wire transfer/ATM VISA card Method

without any more delay. The only fee you will pay to confirm this fund is, Court Notarization obligatory fees to the United

Nation Head Office here in Abuja Nigeria and will not be deducted from the approved accrued interest hence to avoid over

deduction of funds from the calculated interest.

Sincerely, you are hereby strongly advised to adhere to this directives to enable you receive your accrued interest approved

fund/pending contract and inheritance fund because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian Government officials and

British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with some top CBN bank

officials to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.However on the acceptance of this

email, I will advise you to re-confirm your present phone numbers and contract data(s) to enable me cross-check with what we

have here in our database to make a free huge free transaction.

Your Full Name=========
Your Private Phone Number:====================
Copy of your ID card or Passport:==============================

We have limited time to stay in Nigeria on this matter so I would like you to respond urgently to this message so that we can

advise you on the procedures ahead as soon as you can take care of the Court Notarization obligatory fee as stated above.

Note: All responses should be directed to this Email account: ( and you are advised not to respond to

this official mail (IF ) you are not willing and interested to comply accordingly as stated above!

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Kathy Calvin.
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Internal Oversight.
Direct Phone: +234-807-925-0800

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