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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: "Ms. Carman L. Lapointe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:31:10 -0000

Head Of United Nations Under-Secretary-
General For Internal Oversight Services.

To Unpaid Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from Canada after series of complaints from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Middle East, Europe, South America and the United States of America respectively, against the African Countries which includes, South Africa, Ghana, Benin Republic, Togo, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cote d'lvoire , Nigeria etc. and the UK (United Kingdom) for the high volume of fraudulent activities going on in these nations in respect to Contract and next of kin payment.

For more information about me, kindly click on the below link or copy and paste on your web browser:

Right now, we have taken over and revoked all the consents given to all the financial institutions handling all the payments as directed by UN secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon based on the agreement with the various government involved and World Bank. We are working in collaborations with the Metropolitan Police Service and we have decided to waive away all your clearance fees/Charges and authorize our offshore paying bank to effect your long overdue payment plus compensation worth $120,000,000. {One hundred and twenty million United States dollars} into your Bank account you will nominate to us without any delay as approved and instructed by the United Nations Head Quarter.

Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some people are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr. Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.

Note that I have a very limited time to stay here in Nigeria so I would like you to urgently respond to this message with your Full name, Full address, Direct mobile phone number for easy communication so that I can inform you the way forward to receive your funds without any delay.

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Carman L. Lapointe.

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