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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: "United Nations" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:08:19 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

United Nations Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
United Nations Liaison Office
Benin Republic

Dear Beneficiary,

The United Nations in Affiliation with Bank Of Africa has deposited your Over-due payment of US$1,200,000.00, with Sky Courier Service Benin Republic, This is regarding the draws the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon organized on his visit to Benin last Month to help individuals/Scam victims and charity organization, Your name was listed among those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise

The Skyline Courier Service will send you an International Swift ATM Card that has been approved in your Name with Card Number :8401236451206112, Registration Reference No:FDXB/xxx/100. Contact Mr. Obia Ginter ( Phone +229-9969-1328 The Director Sky Line Delivering Company Benin Republic for immediate delivery.

Send to him this mentioned details
1.Delivery Address
.2.Full Names:
.3.Phone Number:
.4.A scanned copy of your ID or passport.

Yours Faithfully,
Jean Francis Zinsou
Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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