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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:

Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:55:50 +0100
Subject: compensation payment of $2,811,041.00 USD.

After several attempts to reach you , I deemed it necessary and
urgent to contact you via your e-mail address and to notify you finally
about your outstanding compensation payment of $2,811,041.00 USD.

Please contact GOLDSTAR COURIER DELIVERY with your name, resident
address and your direct telephone number for the delivery of your chashier

Contact Name:abu willson

PS: Take note that you will pay a shipping/handling fee of $95 USD for
your check delivery by the courier service.

Thanks for your attention
Gill Wanchai
Program Manager
United Nations Human Settlement Programme.

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