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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: "UN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:02:16 -0800
Subject: I apologize on behalf of the United Nation organization for any delay you might have encountered in

Congratulations Beneficiary,

You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having
a meeting for quit sometime now and we just came to a logical
conclusion few days ago in affiliation with the World Bank president.
This email is to few well listed people that have been scammed in any
part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS in Affiliation with WORLD BANK
have agreed to compensate them with the sum of USD $1000,000.00 Dollars

These includes every foreign contractors that may have not received
their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction
or international businesses that failed due to Government problems
etc. We found your email in the list of those who are to benefit from
these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you,
this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Dr. P.A. Kuranchie of our paying center in
Africa, as he is our representative in Africa. Contact him immediately
for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD$1000,000.00
Dollars.This fund is in form of a Bank Draft for security purpose ok?
So he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your
choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone
number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the
Draft to you. Contact Dr. P.A. Kuranchie of National Investment Bank
Limited PAYMENT CENTER with your payment code: 09051982 immediately
for your Cheque at the given address below:

Bank Name: National Investment Bank Limited

I apologize on behalf of the United Nation organization for any delay
you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks
and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as
you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place. You are
required to contact the above person and furnish him with the
following of your information that will be required to avoid any

Congratulations, and I look forward to hear from you as soon as you
confirm your payment making the world a better place.

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

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