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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: "Amb. Anthony Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 16.03.37 +0200
Subject: Your Payment Is Ready!

United Nations Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
United Nations Liaison Office - Africa
Fund Beneficiary,
Be informed that following the intervention of the UN on the debt profile of some African countries through the African Union(AU).They (African Presidents) resolved with the UN to pay off their debts with the accumulated interest owed through various ministries Contract/Inheritance/Gambling/Lottery.
We are however,not oblivious of some nefarious activities of some impostors who deviced various means of exthortion from the unsuspecting beneficiary thereby compounding his or her problems.To ensure that this does not presist,we have established a Directorate of International Payment in Nigeria to oversee the payment.
For paucity of fund,they are starting with payment of the accumulated interest.After due diligence and computation,your accumulated interest was put at $4.7 million.You are therefore required to contact our African Directorate of International Payment Director.
Dispatch Officer: Michael Grizla
Call me +2347065773486
with the following details and your choice of preferred payment receipt ie Atm Card,cash,cheque or wire transfer.
1) Your Names:..........
2) Contact Address:.....
3) Telephone/Fax:.......
4) Copy of your Identification......
5) Age:.................
Yours faithfully
Amb. Anthony Moore
UN Envoy (Afrian Region)

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