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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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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 06:43:58 -0700
Subject: Urgent Response For The Payment Funds Approval

Attention dear

My name is Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa. I was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly’s sixty ninth session on 11 June 2014. At the time of my election, I was serving as Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post I held since 2005. A lawyer, parliamentarian and businessman, I brings to the position wide ranging experience in international affairs. During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Uganda has hosted high-level meetings of key intergovernmental bodies such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation OIC in 2008, and the African Union AU Heads of State Summit in 2010. Uganda also served its two-year term on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member, in 2009 and 2010.

However, acting in my capacity as the President of the United Nations General Assembly, I have resolved with the International Monetary Fund IMF, United Nations Compensation Commission, European Union EU, African Union AU. and Central Bank to deliver the sum of $20,500,000 Million Dollars being a partial payment of your contract/inheritance overdue payment. I shall be coming to your country for an official meeting with your President by next week and I will be bringing your consignment containing the fund which has been packaged and sealed in your favor. But this time I will not go through customs scrutiny because as a United Nations president, I am a US government agent and a career member of the senior Foreign Service. Hence, I have the diplomatic immunity that will allow me a free-passage through the customs. I am scheduled to have a meeting with your President by next week.

Therefore, you are required to send me your direct cellphone number and the address where you want me to bring the consignment package. You have really paid so much in pursuit of this inheritance fund as I was made to understand and that is why I have personally intervened. Hence, you are a very lucky person because I am personally bringing your fund to you myself and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

However, your package containing the $20.5 million dollars must be registered as a "diplomatic package" to enable me defeat all odds, and the cost of registering the package as a "diplomatic package" which is $287 dollars. Hence, the fee must be paid within 48 hours upon your receipt of this notification so that all necessary arrangement can be made ahead of time.

Please be noted that my trip will be by this Friday and I expect you to comply before then, so that the delivery can be completed. If you do not comply, then it will not be my fault if you do not receive your consignment package. Write a text message directly to my phone +1 6083054666
Treat as urgent.

Respectfully yours,
Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Tel +1 6083054666

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