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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: mark ben <>
Reply-To: mark ben <>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:23:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Kindly Contact United Nations

 Kindly Contact United Nations
Attn: Beneficiaries,

We have concluded to effect your payment of $1, 500.000.00, through western union, but the maximum amount you will be receiving each day starting from tomorrow is $5000.00 daily until the funds is completely transferred. We are writing to inform you that your fund worthy of One Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($1, 500.000.00) has been handed over to the United Nations to transfer the fund through western union according to the instruction of the federal ministry of finance.

Base the outcome of the last meeting held 30th of September, 2014. The Federal Ministry of Finance has appointed United Nations to carry out of transfer of outstanding fund to the beneficiaries who have not received their outstanding payment due to one reason or the other According to Mr. President his excellence Dr.Yayi Aboni who made this known to the every one that was present in that meeting.

>From today onward you are advised to stop further contact with other bank who claimed to have your fund in their bank because your fund will be transfer to you $5000.00 daily through the western union money transfer under the United Nations. Note: you are not require to send any money once you paid the transfer charge fee of your payment file, instruction from federal ministry of finance that once the transfer charge fee have been confirmed.

Kindly Contact United Nations:

Mr.Jason Albert
Telphone number: +229 98 762 123
Also reconfirm your information to them below

YOUR NAME--------------
YOUR ADDRESS- ----------
YOUR PHONE-------------

Thank you.
With my best regards,
Dr. mark ben

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