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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: Compensatory Unit <>
Reply-To: Compensatory Unit <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:41:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: YOUR FUND!


Please note that i have been searching for the real owner of this electronic address for this important message . Kindly indicate if you have receive your compensatory funds the total sum of (TEN MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND AMERICAN DOLLARS).

We have tried all our possible ways and means to contact you but it failed and we want to know if you are still alive ,so that can finalized this transaction once and for all. Note that you can visit this link ( to see the the data of all compensatory funds paid to individual via this means .

Best Regards,
Dr.Bede Beke


1 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017, United States

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