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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: "Representative" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:52:34 -0400
Subject: Info.

Representative to the UN
UN Metro Park Building
351 Francis Baard Street, Pretoria
Tel: +27 735 476358
Fax: +27 866 362012

World Bank foreign payment latest discovery.


Our independent financial security monitory agents have just confirmed your dealings with some unauthorized impersonated staffs of various existing and non existing government and non-governmental organizations operating from different offices, We are contacting you today because we are taking over your Online Safety, We all know that the rate of fraudsters and scammers online are so much that we receive at least 200 messages per day, All those stories are lies used by fraudsters to extort money from people. This is your payment reference number (WEREMN890) we advise you to stop further communications either by email, fax or telephone upon the receipt of this message or you might as well continue with them but please remember to note this phrase, you will never receive one dollar cent outside our organization since your payment release manifest booklet is registered under our abode.

We have been confirmed the responsibility of releasing lottery, contract, inheritance and other foreign payment transactions. It will be imperative if you listen to the voice of wisdom and stop chasing shadows, Please ask yourself why after all the fees paid to those crooks nothing was given back to you or have you taught why each time you send money they will come up demanding for another fee which will continue until you are bankrupt.

Finally, answer all the above questions and get back to this office as soon as possible, we are trying to safe you from further extortion in the hands of those impersonators. You will not be disappointed if actually you will believe us. Further details will be reiterated to you immediately you respond to this message. I know you must have been humiliated in the past, find a place in your heart to forget all the intimidation and trauma suffered in the hands of those crooks. We have discovered there illicit oppression through our secret imposed agents here in South Africa, you will never receive one dollar cent outside the World Bank because we have signed agreement with the Federal Bureau of investigation, united nations and the Entire SAA and America Government to handle this payment our selves.

This is different from your previous dealings.
Kindly get back to this office with your direct telephone number for further details. Confidential details will be furnished as soon as you respond.

Mr.Eugene Mahlehla
Tel: +27 735 476358

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