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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 Nation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:00:46 -0800

International Money Laundering Information Network (IMoLIN)
1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036
Following the petition we received from United Nations Human Rights Commissions (UNHRC) and the International Arbitration panel over non compensation of
advance fee fraud and scam victims in Nigeria and UK. The International Money Laundering Information Network called the (Foreign Debt Reconciliational Panel)
(FDRP)that comprises all the financial monitoring body , including the World Bank, Bank of England, the economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) and
the Minister of finance to work out the modalities for an amicable way of making sure that every victim of fraud in UK & Nigeria is duly compensated as a
pre-condition of lifting the economic sanction the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has imposed on Nigeria because of the activities of
these fraudsters and also to redeem the good image of Nigeria among the committee of Nations. It is significant to mention here that the Federal Government
of Nigeria is aware
Owing to this development, The Foreign Debt Reconciliational Panel currently sitting in Geneva, Switzerland to carry out this payment has resolved to pay
every victim of fraud in Nigeria and west Africa the sum of S$1,000,000.00 ( ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) each. The Federal Government has complied all
the names of the victims and has issued a cashier cheque of US$500,000.00 to each person and is now ready to be sent to every beneficiary by the foreign debt
reconciliation panel currently sitting in London, This is necessary so that the beneficiaries would not be subjected to officers bureaucratic ineptitude and
administrative bottleneck of local bankers and their international allies, that always hinder the transfer of fund after the beneficiary have paid all that
was ask of him, and provided all the requirements as expected of him and still the transfer will not take place.
On verification of the file sent to my table for approval, your name among several other victims was approved to receive their compensation in this year's
2nd quarter foreign debt reconciliation payment schedule.You are therefore advised to contact the paymaster, foreign debt reconciliation panel with your full
name , official contact address and your private telephone number to enable him despatch the cheque to you as soon as possible. The contact details of the
Paymaster General. NAME: IAN MORGAN: TEL: +447 087 693 411. EMAIL:(
Note that each beneficiary is expected to pay only the sum of $280 only being the insurance and delivery cost of D.H.L courier of the cheque to you. You are
therefore advised to stop any form of communication with any other person or organization as the foreign debt reconciliational panel is the only body set up
by the federal government to carry out this compensation. The federal government will not be held responsible for your failure to contact the paymaster and
receive your compensation fee as this is the last chance you have now to receive this payment.Note that the payment is based on first come first serve and
your are advised to be urgent and avail yourself of this given opportunity.
we sincerely appologize of behalf of the federal government for what you have gone through in the hands of the unscrupulous elements.
Yours faithfully

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