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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 (UN)" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2014 08:36:36 -0400
Subject: Directorate of International Payment


United Nations Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
United Nations Liaison Office - Africa

Fund Beneficiary,

Be informed that following the intervention of the UN on the debt
profile of some African countries through the African Union(AU).They
(African Presidents) resolved with the UN to pay off their debts with
the accumulated interest owed through various ministries

We are however,not oblivious of some nefarious activities of some
impostors who deviced various means of exthortion from the unsuspecting
beneficiary thereby compounding his or her problems.To ensure that this
does not presist,we have established a Directorate of International
Payment in Nigeria to oversee the payment.

For paucity of fund,they are starting with payment of the accumulated
interest.After due diligence and computation,your accumulated interest
was put at $4.7m.You are therefore required to contact our African
Directorate of International Payment Director.

Dr.Wilson Paul
Call +2347065773486

with the following details and your choice of preferred payment receipt
ie atm,cash,cheque or wire transfer.

Your full Name:.........
Your Address:.......
Home/Cell Phone:...........
Copy of your Identification......

Yours faithfully

Daniel Michael
UN Envoy (African Region)

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