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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 Nations Assisted Program" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:57:10 +0300
Subject: In response to your Confirm Receipt on Process.

United Nations Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
United Nations Liaison Office - Africa

Fund Beneficiary,

This email is to notify you about the release of your outstanding payment
which is truly $4.7 million. The Federal Government scheduled a time frame
to settle all foreign debts which includes Contract/Inheritance/Gambling/
Lottery (Sponsored by Microsoft and UK National Lottery) and other
international loans. News had it that over the past, numerous
individual(s) who happen to be impostors (claiming to be individuals,
banks and organizations) are claiming to release numerous sums of fund via
numerous ways.

You have two options to receive your payment which is either a Pin Based
ATM card or Certified Cashiers Check. You are advised to select one out of
the two options on how you wish to receive your $4.7 million. Your ATM
card or Check/Bank Draft will be shipped via FedEx Shipping Company and
would get to you within 2 to 3 working days at most.

We had to sign contract with them for bulk shipping which makes the fees
reduce from the actual $125.99 to $96.99 nothing more and no hidden fees
of any sort! You are advised to contact the dispatch officer responsible
for the shipping of your Check or ATM card with the following information
for shipping of your payment Check or ATM card.

Dispatch Officer: Dr.James Don
Mobile: +234 70 3109 2113

And provide him with the following information:

Your full Name...............
Your Address:.................
Your Nationality................
Your sex:.....................
Your Age:.......................
Your Current Occupation:....
Home/Cell Phone:...................
Preferred Payment Method (Bank Transfer ,Check or ATM):................

The dispatch officer will provide you with instructions on how you are to
make payment of the $96.99 only for the shipping of your ATM card or
Cashiers Check.

Remember that you are not paying any fees extra no matter what. Once again
note that the actual FedEx Retail Price: $125.99 Your Price (Because of
our contract signed): $96.99 ($29.00 Savings!).

Amb. Anthony Moore
UN Envoy (African Region)

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