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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 Office <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:56:41 -0500
Subject: Letter From UN/MIF/WORLDBANK


My name is Dr. Dennis Larry a British Diplomat working under the
United Nation, I am directed by the United Nation/IMF to make delivery of
$5million to you.

We are making this payment to you because of what you have been gone through
in the past.

I am presently in London,I want you to get back to me urgently so i can
start making arrangement on how to deliver your Inheritance Funds to you.

Please,kindly forward your phone numbers and address information as below:

Tele Number............
Copy Of Personal I.D Card.....


Dr. Dennis Larry,
(United Nations Diplomat)
0UR website (

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