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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: "FROM PHILIP OWIREDU" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:30:14 -0400

The United Nations Headquarters
United Nations Compensation Unit
In Affiliation with World Bank
Our Ref: U.N/WBO/042UK/2014
New York
Atm Amount Sum: Us$5.Million.

Congratulations Beneficiary

[1]United Nation goal to eradicate global poverty before 2030.

[2]Financial support to individuals,family and organization with bright purpose to fund their project.

[3]World/community development.

[4]Your email was submitted by the all world email providers and was chosen by ballotary.

[5]The beneficiary will sponsor the claim charges of their Atm Master Card delivery or via Swift Telegraphic Wire Transfer(KTT) into your designated account.

We have been having a meeting for the past 7 months which just ended few days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in all part of the world and families,individuals,organizations that needs financial support, the UNITED NATIONS in Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate them with the sum of USD$5 Million Dollars.

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. We found your name in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Mr.Philip Owiredu of our paying center in Africa, as he is our representative in Cal Bank Ghana, contact him immediately for your Atm Master Card/ International wire transfer of USD$5 Million Dollars into your account.You can receive This fund by Atm Master Card for security purpose or via bank wire transfer ok? So he will send it to you and you can withdraw in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Atm Master Card to you. Contact Mr. Philip Owiredu of Cal Bank Ghana PAYMENT CENTER with your payment Code:ST/DPI/829 for immediate delivery of your Atm Master Card to your address. Contact Mr. Philip Owiredu of cal bank Ghana below:

DIRECTOR IN CHARGE: Mr. Philip Owiredu
TELEPHONE +233-231-215-875

I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your Atm Master Card or receive your fund through bank wire transfer. Making the world a better place.

You are required to contact the above person and furnish him with the following of your information that will be required to avoid any mistakes:-

1. Your Full name:
2. Your Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Telephone Number:
5. Fax Number:
6. Marital Status:
7. Occupation:
8. Sex:
9. Age:

Congratulations, and I look forward to hear from you as soon as you receive your payment making the world a better place.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

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