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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: "Mrs.Gloria Wilson Sr" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Gloria Wilson Sr" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:42 +0000 (UTC)


This office of United Nation  Benin Republic UNGA, It was alarmed so much by the rest of the world in the last meeting held at Porto-Novo Capital  of Benin  Republic Zone meeting on the 27/01/2015 for the loose of unpaid compensations fund awarded you in past which you have not yet receive.

Last week the Board of Directors UNGA has ordered United Bank Of Africa (UBA) to program your total inheritance compaction Fund $4.7 million into a cooperation VISA CARD.

This morning the manager of United Bank Of Africa has informed  us that your total inheritance compaction Fund $4.7 million has been  programmed into cooperation ATM VISA CARD and deposited  in UPS Office to send to you, you are advice to contact UPS Office now to avoid wrong delivery, contact UPS Office with your complete information’s as stated Below.

Your full receivers name;…………..
Your address:…..
Your country:…
Your  age:…
Your direct telephone number:…
Your occupation: …
A copy of your driving license or international passport.

This required is very important to avoid wrong delivery, below is contact of UPS Office you will contact now without further delay.

Contact person: Dr. Chris Williams
Tell:  +229-68670737.

Contact the office now with your complete information to allow them proceed delivery to your locations address, let me know as soon as possible you receive your Visa Card for proper verifications.

Your faithfully.
Mrs. Gloria  Wilson
Coordinator UN
Cotonou Benin Republic.

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