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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: Jon Adams <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:39:40 +0100
Subject: Attention!!!

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary.

This is an official notification of your United Nations (UN) compensation fund of
$1,000,000.00USD which is under the orders of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
as a part of our ongoing Internet compensation scheme; The United nations in
conjunction with Western Union Money Transfer has put technicalities together through Facebook, Microsoft

International,Yahoo and Google to monitor local and international fund transfers to prevent internet fraud and

compensate victims. Your first installment payment of $20,000.00 USD through Western union is to be paid on

Monday being 14/07/14.

For immediate payment and fund release information (MTCN / CONTROL NUMBER) of your first installment

which is a total sum of $20,000.00 US you are required to contact the office of MR. Jon Adams via . Also note that you are fixed on a daily installment payment of $20,000.00 USD

until the payment of$1,000,000.00USD is completed.

Acknowledge that you receive this payment alert by responding immediately.
Note: If you recieve this message in your spam folder please mark it as inbox. It could be as a result of

technical issues.

UN Compensation Board.

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