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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:44:16 -0500

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) in affiliation with Federal Bureau Of Investigation In United State Of America has made available a total of $863,725,490.00 to 27 governments and two international organizations for distribution to 370 successful claimants who has been Victims of Internet scam. This payment is made under the third phase of the payment mechanism established by the UNCC Governing Council and the Government Of the United State. The truth behind your delayed payment is that you have been dealing with fraudsters in Asia, Europe etc. And you really need to stop contacting them now else they will rip you dry until you don't have even money to buy food.
Your email came up under the list of people who have long-outstanding claims From inheritance, lottery winnings and contractors to some foreign Government. Your Payment File was given to this office in respect of your total long Over-due amount for which we have approved $4,500,000USD dollars (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) You have failed to claim because of either non-compliance with official Processes or apparent ineptitude by the payment officers who are corrupt and have been handling your payment. We are directing you to the ( Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. ) agent in charge Mr. Stephen John Cutts who his a representative of the ( UNCC ) and a member of the COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE in Europe, contact him and he will explained everything to you. Whoever is contacting you through emails are fake and fraudsters.
In your response you must send the following information as listed below to him.
1. Full name
2. Home Address
3. occupation
4. Your age
5. Phone and Fax number
6. Attach copy of your identification
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your funds is with them, it is not in any way with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing.
Contact Mr. Stephen John Cutts to facilitate your payment because of the reports of scams/fraud going on. Give him your File Reference (BB/04/77-U) as a proof to claim this funds and to confirm you still willing to claim your Funds.
*Send a copy of your response to His official email:
Financial Officer: Mr. Stephen John Cutts
Name :
Phone: +234-7086-198968
Also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment, Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your fund. Making the world a better place for the sake of humanity.
The only money you need to pay to Mr. Stephen John Cutts is just $400 for the paper works take note of that.
Yours Faithfully,
Prof Lauren Smith
Secretary of the United Nations(UN)
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

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