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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:56:12 -0700


Our Ref: U.N/WBO/042SWISS/2014.

Attention: The Approved Beneficiary,

You may Surprise why this mail came to you or feel that it may be the same with all junk mail you might have been receiving from deference scammers.

But We are here to inform about a meeting conducted two weeks ago with UNITED NATIONS secretary and International Monitory fund (IMF) concerning all the people that lost their money during transaction,

This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems or much demand by initial coordinators etc

The UNITED NATIONS in Affiliation with WORLD BANK has agreed to compensate each person involved with the sum of USD 6,000, 000, 00, and your name and email contact found in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is the reason we contacted you,

Meanwhile, due to the awful official banking process and procedures including much SCAM act and some impostors in Africans with their offshore payment center made us to suspend this payment by wire transfer method as initially doing by some banks in other countries.

Your payment required to be made via ATM VISA CARD for security purpose and it will be activating by Inter-switch Global Company to get your Global high limit withdrawal pin code.

Therefore, you are deeply advised to contact Mr. John Morris at paying bank center in Africa with reconfirmation of your data to use open None Resident account (NRC) that have affiliate to the organization’s Escrow account where the fund in your name was lodged .

Full Name:..................................



Sex, Age:....................................

Tel/Fax number and your correct mailing address (Post offices not allow).

Contact: Mr. John Morris



Mr. Ban-ki Moon
The Secretary-General

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