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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: "Mr. Ban Ki-Moon UN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <info.unitedn01@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:37:56 -0500
Subject: UN SCAM VICTIM COMPENSATION NOTICE.

UNITED NATION SCAM VICTIM COMPENSATION NOTICE.
 
7/14/2014
 
 
Attention Scam victim
 
 
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. Base on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty.
 
We have been having a meeting for the passed 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 9,900,000 Nine Million Nine Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) 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 problems etc.
 
Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed, so you are advised to contact Mr. Paul Williams of Royal Bank of Scotland UK, as he is our representative in UK, contact him immediately for your Compensation payment of 9,900,000 Nine Million Nine Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) Funds will be release direct to you in accordance with legal clearance and procedures.
 
This meeting was first held on the 8th of April 2005. You can view this page for your
 
perusal:http://www.uncc.ch/theclaims.htm
 
Therefore, you should send Mr. Paul Williams your full Name/telephone number/your residential address/Gender and Occupation.
 
Contact Mr. Paul Williams immediately for your compensation payment:
 
Contact Person: Mr.Paul Williams
Email:  paulwilliams022@yahoo.es
 
Good luck and kind regards
 
 
Making the world a better place
 
Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary (UNITED NATIONS).

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