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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: "Secretary General United Nation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 20:01:13 +0100
Subject: United Nation Scam Victims Compensation approval Payment

                                                UN/WB/FNG COMPENSATION COMMISSION
                                                          YOUR REF: (UN/WB/FGA)..00/16
                                                               OUR REF: UN-FGA/WB4/16
Scam Compensation approved in your name through United Nations mass assisted project funds. This compensation involves business investment failure, Inheritance, Contracts, Lottery, Dating, Diplomatic Payment, loan E.T.C, the mass assisted fund was approved to settle failed business / scam extortion.
We wish to inform you that your scam compensation via ATM CARD has been approved through United Nations mass assisted project funds,we have severally tried to contact you without success, you have to respond as soon as you receive this message because we have your compensation file submitted by UN external auditors in Switzerland and we have not heard from you, Federal Bureau of Investigation and United Nations/European Union,International global security watchers reported different degrees of scams and their mouthwatering proposals. as you are well aware many foreigners have invested thousands of dollars into West Africa, Nigeria, Spain, Ghana, Benin Republic, London, Malaysia, Indonesia E.T.C.
After a just concluded meeting among the board, as directed by our secretary general Mr.Ban Ki-Moon, we have agreed with the American Government that your compensation funds should be release without any further delay via ATM CARD, based on the instruction given to us to affect the compensation payment funds via ATM CARD by United Nations mass assisted project funds.
However the tracking number of your package will be issued to you to follow up the movement of your ATM CARD when it will arrive designated address, we guarantee the receipt of your ATM CARD to be successfully delivered to your home address, you can withdrawal money from any atm machine location of your choice/nearest to you in any part of the World. kindly reconfirm the following details below to avoid any wrong delivery over this transaction.
1. Your full Name:
2. Delivery Address:
3. Your Direct Telephone Number:
4. A Copy of your ID or ID Numbers for Identification:
5. Nationality
6. City
7. Sex
Reply back to us accordingly; we wait for your expedite response.
Sincerely yours,
Dr. James Richard

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