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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: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:23:05 -0800

Attention: Valued Claimant,
As an Arm of the United Nations, the above mentioned Commission has 
the express mandate of the United Nations to pay Monetary 
Compensations totaling Two Million United States Dollars 
($ each to a substantial number of Nigerian/World 419 
Scam victims.
We are mindful of the fruitless efforts of foreign Scam victims to get 
justice to no avail due to widespread Corruption, Irregularities, 
Bureaucratic Bottlenecks and High Handedness by officials both in 
Government and Banking sector within African Region in particular, 
hence our intervention as Responsible International Agency. To prevent 
a repeat of the ugly experiences of the past, payments of this 
Compensation will be routed to meet the desires of all Claimants.
With regards to the above, you are hereby notified that your mobile number has 
been Short Listed in our initial manifest among numerous victims to 
be compensated to the tune of $1M only. To that effect, you are 
required to re-confirm your information to enable us UPDATE AND KEY 
TEST OUR DATABASE for possible payment of your Compensation to you.
In line with payment instruction and modality as outlined by our 
parent body, your Compensation Claim will be paid to you in two
methods which are via An ATM  DEBIT CARD which you will use to withdraw your
money in any ATM Machine in any part of the world. or via ONLINE TRANSFER which your fund
would be transferred  into your Nominated bank account,  To this effect, our Commission is 
working in collaboration with a Local Bank/ a Swift Card Payment 
Center in the united states who will generate and process your ATM DEBIT 
CARD or proceed with the ONLINE TRANSFER at NO COST TO YOU as soon as you
indicate your interest to  participate in this program.
Therefore, if you like to receive your fund by ATM DEBIT CARD method, please 
indicate by contacting us and also send the following information as 
listed below.
(1). Full Name
(2). Phone And Fax Number
(3). Address Where You Want The ATM Card Sent To (P.O Box Not Acceptable)
(4). Your Age And Current Occupation
(5). Attach Copy of Your Identification
Therefore, if you like to receive your fund by an ONLINE BANK TRANSFER method
you will be required to send to us all your banking details alongside the swift code and bank name/account
number to enable us proceed with the transfer as soon as possible.
As soon as the above details are received, our Legal Review Department 
shall be commissioned to process and obtain Payment Approval for your 
Compensation. Take note that payment is made on the basis of FIRST 
COME FIRST SERVE as the pool of funds to draw from may not be 
sufficient to pay all Scammed victims at the same time.
Thank you.

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