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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: "Steve Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:53:46 +0200
Subject: VERIFY

(United Nation) Human Right Activist Dept
On Debts Reconciliation On Foreign Payment Matters,
Unit B1, 50 Bank Street London E14 5NS,
London, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44-703-1991499
Attn: Beneficiary,
I am Steve Adams, the newly appointed national security adviser to the United Nation Owed Debts Payment Recovery Commission Representative, here in London United Kingdom. I am delighted whole heartedly to inform you that the contract/Inheritance panel which is seating in London, United Kingdom territory just released your name among the presently approved beneficiaries to benefit from the diplomatic immunity payment. This panel was primarily delegated to investigate all genuinely debts and unclaimed payments as it has eaten deep into the economy of the Great Britain.
However, due to numerous petitions received from the FBI, IMF and other financial and security agencies to monitor the UK Government against their banks on wrong payment and diversion of beneficiary?? funds to different account in many dimension. We wish to bring to your urgent notice that your payment profile is still reflecting in our central computer as unclaimed fund emanated from Banks in Africa while auditing was going on today, Your file was forwarded to my office by the chief auditors as unclaimed fund. At this moment, I wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time being the Great Britain-government has stopped further payment through bank to bank transfer which you were previously having with the Authority from the Originated country over a period of time.
In this regards, I am going to use my good office to send you your part payment in the tune of $6,000,000.00 United States Dollars only by cash to you via a universal immunity diplomatic means. In process of doing that, i will personally secure every needed documents as a representative of the (UN) office now to cover the money.including the legit affidavit from the British high court here in London UK, also with a clearance which will bestow the right and legit privilege to you as the rightful beneficiary who is to receive this payment after meeting up with the delivery requirement as the law stipulate once you accept to finalize this transaction with me only.
All these will be only on the condition that you will give me only %10 Out of $6,000,000.00 United States Dollars you are to receive as soon as you receive the money on your door step which will come to you in the form of a consignment method.
Note: The money will be coming on 2 security proof boxes The boxes are already sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine by the management of this organization and i also want you to know that the management are not aware of my personal plans or arrangement with you in this transaction, so you have to keep this as a very top secret between both of us till we are able to conclude this very transaction. This fund was release to us from the World Bank special delegates who visited the British Government Prime Minister's Confidential Secretary Office in London on Wednesday and found out that they are doing nothing to help you in this matter because the funds itself was meant for our local afem market here in the UK hence it was not used as it supposed while dumped here London UK.
You don't have to worry for any thing, as the transaction is 100% risk free and will remain legit as long as you work with me transparently. The boxes are coming with a diplomatic agent assigned by the management of this organization who will accompany the boxes to your house address or any address you will provide to me. All you need to do now upon your willing acceptance on my condition, is to send to me a guarantee that you will give me 10% of the funds as soon as you receive the boxes containing the $6,000,000.00 United States Dollars, also you should send your full house address and your identity such as, international passport or driver?? license including your personal contact phone numbers which must be a working numbers, the diplomatic attached will travel with it and call you as soon as he arrives your country.if you have any question please feel free ask me asap.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: for security reasons and to also enable the both of us to conclude this very transaction successfully, note that the diplomat coming with the consignment boxes will not know the original contents. So the content will be declared to him as sensitive photographic film material and some classified volume confidential company's contract documents to avoid diversion of the funds.
Please note categorically that, before I proceed with the next arrangement, You are advice to call me immediately on my direct telephone number +44-703-1991499 so we can talk and agree properly before i seal this transaction with you and if you need further clarification I'm pleased to hear that.
Remember to send the required information directly to my Email address;  I will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the diplomatic immunity clearance certificate that will be tagged on the box to make it stand as a diplomatic consignment. This clearance will make it pass every custom checking point all over the world without any hitch. All this I will do with my own money as your partner.
Please, I need urgent reply on phone because the boxes are already schedule to live as soon as I hear from you. You should call me immediately you receive this message through my confidential number above.
I am highly submitted in service and willing to serve you better whole-heartedly once you are pleased with my terms & condition.
Highly Submitted.
Respectfully Yours in-service,
Steve Adams

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