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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 FUND UPDATE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:20:13 -0700

United Nation Organization
Reports & Publications Department
760 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017, USA.
RE: DOCKET NO.   OP 292.
Attn: Sir/Madam,
        Fund Beneficiary,
We wish to inform you that your payment valued at US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with the United Nations Security Council and IMF recovered from a Bank in Nigeria as an unpaid Inheritance fund/Scam victim Compensation fund with an accrued interest belonging to you has been approved to be released to you without any delays.
We have mandated the Inter-Switch Card Nigeria Limited to issue you an ATM VISA Debit Card which you will use to withdraw this US$15,500,000.00 from any ATM machine in your country or in any part of the world but the maximum amount you can withdraw in a day should between US$3,000.00 to US$5,000 only.
You are strongly advised to contact the operation manager of Inter-Switch Card Nigeria Limited MR. SAM MBA via his open access email address:  and email him your release code ATMPMT09812 to enable him confirm and send you the ATM VISA Debit Card.
For more directives.
Lastly you are warned to disregard other contact or any communication you have with other offices regarding this same fund. We are sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past.
Thanks for adhering to this instructions.
Yours Sincerely,
MR. Kiyotaka Akasaka
Public Information Officer.

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