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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: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:33:25 +0100

your response to official email:

ATTN: Beneficiary

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 and also 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 abolishing poverty, We send you this mail.

We have been having series of meetings for the passed 7 months which ended few
days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS

This email is to all the people that hasve been scammed in any part of the
world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of
$500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only)
This includes every foriegn 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 of Economic
and Financial Crime Commission and United Kingdom Financial Commission observers
and this is why we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been

You are advised to contact Pamela Yough of Zenith bank, Nigeria
as she is our representative in Nigeria, contact Her immediately for your
Cheque/ International Bank Draft of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Dollars
Only) Note, This fund is in a Bank Draft for security purpose.She will send it
to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send her your full Name and telephone number and
your correct mailing address, where you want her to send the Draft to.

Person to Contact Pamela Yough
Phone Number +234-7038875513

Goodluck and kind regards,

Making the world a better place

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