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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. Carman L. Lapointe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:42:21 -0800
Subject: Dear Unpaid Beneficiary.

Ms. Carman L. Lapointe.
United Nations Under-Secretary
General for Internal Oversight
Dear Unpaid Beneficiary,
This is a message from the UN in association with federal bodies and all commercials banks in the world about a lasting solution on beneficiaries who have not received there winning/Inheritance Fund either from banks or the governments, 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. For More Information, Please Visit Our Website to enable you understand the United Nation diplomatic mission to Nigeria: or
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because we have just discovered that some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in your fund and they are working seriously to frustrate you and divert your fund into their personal account, but we have brought a solution to this problem which you are been faced, by normalizing in your favor a part payment in total of $3.5million USD because we are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorize the Government of Nigeria to effect the payment of your Inheritance approved by both the British government and the UN without any delay. This fund will be send to you via ATM visa card, so all you have to do is to call and email the CEO of the Zenith Bank (Mrs. Adaora Umeoji ) and send her your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want her to send the ATM visa card to you. Contact Mrs. Adaora Umeoji immediatel
1. Full name
2. Phone and Fax number
3. Address where you want them to send the ATM Card.
4. Your age and current occupation
5. Attach copy of your identification:
Person to Contact: Mrs. Adaora Umeoji
Office Email:
Direct Number: +234-8055031241
Fax Number: +234-1-7762714
We sincerely apologize on behalf of good people of Nigeria for the plight you have gone through in the past years in receiving your inheritance money. Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.
Sincerely yours,
Ms. Carman L. Lapointe.
United Nations Under-Secretary
General for Internal Oversight.

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