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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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Fraud email example:

From: "UNITED NATIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:09:13 -0800
Subject: oooo

United Nations Headquarters.
760 United Nations Plaza, New York,
New York 10017, United States Of America.
Office Of The Secretary General UN,
Dr.Ban Ki Moon.
Attn:Funds Beneficiary.
The United Nations Head Office here in NY,United States wish to bring to your notice that your overdue Inheritance/Contract/Lottery owed to you has finally being approved for immediate payment through the United Nations Africa Regional Head Office in Nigeria,the resolutions and agreement to offset your due funds was agreed with the World Leaders,the IMF and the World Bank including the Nigeria President at the end of the World Economic Council meetings that was held last week in Davos,Switzerland which the Nigerian President was in attendance of which he was mandated by the United Nations to given an order to that effect which he buckled and directed that the UN Office in Nigeria should handle that on behalf of the United Nations and the Nigerian Government for easy release and payments.
Sequel to the above be advised that your funds will now be released to you through the United Nations Regional Office in Nigeria by the Director General Sir.Dr.Smith Anderson whom we have forwarded your payment file to for prompt actions and payment,please note that the UN Director General in Nigeria Sir,Smith Anderson has being mandated to release your approved sum of US$3.5Million (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars)to you via only ATM Global Debit Master Card or through a Certified UN Cashiers Cheque/Bank Draft issued in your name and favor from the UN Account by Sir.Smith Anderson,we took this measure to avert the high cost associated through Bank Wire Transfer hence as the United Nations want you to receive your overdue funds within 72hours which can only be possible through the issuance of an ATM Card or Certified Cashiers Cheque/Bank Draft,so make your preferred choice and contact Sir.Smith Anderson the UN Director General in Nigeria with the below details and let him know that you receive a
Direct Tel: 234-8090718221.
Meanwhile you are as a matter of urgency requested to contact the above UN officer in Nigeria for your payment and let him know how you want to receive your funds either through ATM MASTER CARD or UN CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHEQUE/BANK DRAFT,please note that based on our agreement with the Nigerian President you the funds beneficiary will pay the ATM CARD SHIPMENT fees to the UN Director General before he will courier your parcel to you,take note before responding hence without you sending the shipment fees to him he will not mail your ATM Card or Cashiers Cheque to you,send to the UN Office in Nigeria your receiving home or office address for your shipment including your full name and telephone numbers hence he will use your full names to Activate your ATM Card for ready use or issue your Cashiers Cheque in your favor,this is the UNITED NATIONS 2014 Payment Gazette and an Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO) has being by the Nigerian Government for your payment at the Economic Council Meetings held in Davos
Finally please act accordingly by contacting the above office for your immediate payment as your payment file has been forwarded to his office since last week for your prompt payment,note that this is the only legal and legitimate means you will receive your due funds hence if you go contrary against this instructions you will loose your funds and to avoid SCAM by anybody you will only send the shipment fees of your parcel (ATM CARD AND CLEARANCE DOCUMENTS) to Smith Anderson in Nigeria before he will mail you parcel to you,when you call him on phone he will tell you the cost for that from Nigeria to your country.
Ms. Ruby Sandhu-Rojon.
Director,United Nations Information Center,
For: United Nations Secretary General.
Dr.Ban Ki Mon.

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