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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: "Mrs. Carman Lapointe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrscarman_lapointe01@live.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:03:51 +0100
Subject: URGENT RESPONSE NEEDED....

UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES
Internal Audit Monitoring Consulting and Investigations Division
 
From: Mrs. Carman Lapointe
 
Attn: Beneficiary
 
Good day to you with reference my name is Mrs. Carman Lapointe the United Nations Under-Secretary I write this letter to let you know that I came to Nigeria just yesterday from London, 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. I have met with President Good-luck Jonathan of Nigeria who claimed that he has been trying his best to make sure you receive your fund in your account right now as directed by our secretary general Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, We are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to release your compensation fund approved by both the British government and the UN to be transfer to you
 
So is to officially informed you that your name is among of the scam victims that will be compensated with the sum of $10.5Million which have been approved by United Nations and British government and because of the scam going on in those two nation make united nation send me to Nigeria to make sure people like you receive there fund from Nigeria before I go back to London to summit my report, Sincerely you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr. Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
 
Note You are not paying for any documentations because all the United Nation approved documents that will back up your fund transfer have been obtained which is here in my desk, Note you will choose one option how you want your fund to transfer to you so that I will start processing your fund transfer without any delay these are the payment options which you need to choose one how you want your fund to reach
 
(1) By bank to bank wire transfer you have to provide your banking information for your immediate transfer and you will have to pay notorization feees for (COT) cost of transfer to the appointed bank that will transfer your fund and that is all you will spend in this transaction bellow are the required informationís
Full Names:........................
Country:...................... .....
Direct Number:.....................
Bank Name:.........................
Bank Address:....................
Bank Acct,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Routing Number:...............
Swift Code:........................
Copy of your ID ......................
 
(2) by ATM master card your fund will be programmed by ATM master card and deliver to you by DHL or FedEx and you will be withdrawing every day in your country till you complete your total sum of $10.5million and its required you to provide your direct house address and you will have to pay notorization fees for the programming and for delivery of the ATM Card bellow are the required informationís
Full Names:...........................
Country:...................... .......
Direct Number:........................
Direct house address:.................
Copy of your ID ......................
 
(3) By cash delivery to your direct house address by Diplomatic I mean the fund will be package here and the Diplomatic will deliver it to your home direct without any problem and you will pay notorization fee  for Delivery and the air ticket for the diplomat going and coming back bellow are the required informationís
Full Names:........................
Country:...................... .....
Direct Number:.....................
Direct house address:........................
Copy of your ID ......................
 
To let you know I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I will give you more details on how to make the payment so that I will start processing your fund transfer before it will be too late
 
Note contact me with this my private E-mail for more discussions (mrscarman_lapointe01@live.com)
Call:+2347068041932
 
Thanks for your understanding
 
Sincerely yours,
 
Mrs. Carman Lapointe
United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Internal Oversight
 

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