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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:

Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: =?utf-8?B?WW91ciBNYXN0ZXJDYXJkIEdsb2JhbCBBVE0g4oKsOTgwLjAwMCBFVVJPUw==?=

May I Have Your Attention, Please?

It is my pleasure to inform you that United Nations Board of Auditors have agreed to compensate you with €980.000 EUROS and your payment has been arranged through MasterCard Global ATM which is the latest instruction from Mr. Ban Ki-moon the UN Secretary General.

Therefore you are required to provide the bellow details correctly for the claim: 

1) Your Full Name:
2) Full Deliver Address:    
3) Phone Number:
4) Nearest Airport:

Note: This payment includes Fraud Victims and international businesses that failed due to government problems etc. I await your response at your earliest convenience

Kind Regards
Agent Jeff Nicholas
Tel +229 9673 1025

CC: Jim Yong Kim World Bank president
CC: Mr. Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General

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