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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: "UNITED NATIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:07:06 -0700

ATTN: Sir/Madam,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family?, You may not understand why this mail came to you.
In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations and the Present United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of eradicating poverty, the bodies approved $5 million dollars for each beneficiary which you are one.
We have been having a meeting for the past 2 months which ended 2 days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$5,000,000 (Five Million United States Dollars) each and this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government policies etc.
Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you, it has been agreed upon and have been signed. So you are advised to contact Mr. Stanley Chukwu of Access Bank in Lagos, Nigeria, as he is our representative in Nigeria, West-Africa, contact him immediately for your own Compensation payment of US$5000,000. The fund will be released direct to you in accordance with legal clearance and procedures. The fund has been programmed and uploaded in an ATM VISA CARD and will be dispatched directly to your address by Mr. Stanley Chukwu through their accredited courier.
This meeting was first held on the 8th of April 2005. You can view this page for your perusal:
Therefore, you should send him your full Name/telephone number/your residential address/Gender and Occupation.
Contact Mr. Stanley Chukwu now for your own compensation payment as other beneficiaries have contactd him and received their own comoensation respectively:
Contact Person: Mr.Stanley Chukwu
Good luck and kind regards,
Making the world a better place!
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General (UNITED NATIONS).

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