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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's Office Nigeria <>
Reply-To: United Nation's Office Nigeria <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:29:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: CONFIDENTIAL PROPOSAL(19/01/2015)


I write to inform you that United Nations Office here in Nigeria have secured USD$400,000.000 for the compensation and settlement of  foreign contractors and victims of scam who has proof that they have lost money either through bank guarantee, LC or cash in line to the condition issued by the world bank for debt relief. Sequel to that resolutions the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA and THE UNITED NATIONS have resolved to pay back foreign contractors and victims who have proof that they have lost money either through bank guarantee, LC or cash the sum of MONEY he or she lost ranging from $100,000.00=$1,000.000.00 (One Million Dollars only). On that note I seek your consent and collaboration so that I will put your name as one of the victims that will be entitle and legible for this refund for our mutual benefits.

If you are interested in actualizing this deal with me respond back urgently with your below details to enable me put your name among those that will receive there refund this first quarter of the year.

1 Your full names/ address.
2 Your phone number.
3 Your identification card.

Please note that the process of filing for this refund is risk free and has nothing to do with illegality. Bear in mind that our working ratio shall be 50% each as soon as we get the refund in your name.

N/B; If you are interested to work with in actualizing this confidential deal respond only to private email address only for security reasons.

Yours Faithfully,
Ihejiofor Clement.(DIRECTOR REFUND)
Private Email:
Official Email:

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