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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: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:25:24 +0100
Subject: UN



I am George Jefferson director Inspection Unit, United Nations Inspection Agent here in USA. During our investigation, I discovered that there is a fund in your name that needs to be released to you but due to some obstacles, you have not received it.

The details of the funds including your name, the official document from United Nation office in republic of South Africa are tagged on the document of the fund, which details will be forwarded to you upon receipt of your respond.

For mutual benefit, please provide me with the following details: Name, Sex, Age, Occupation, Phone Number and your full address, be happy and respond so that I will give you good news and full details of me and also the transaction. Be informed that all communications with your local agents will henceforth stop to enable you receive this payment here in the United States of America.

Your urgent respond is needed with your full details as specified above to this email: Tel No: 347 580 1749 (CALLING FROM OUTSIDE USA DIAL +1347 580 1749)

Best Regards,
George Jefferson

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