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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:

From: "E.U. AND FAO FINANCIAL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:29:09 +0530
Subject: Agricultural Development Program.

United Nations – UK
3 Whitehall Court


The Council of European Union Parliament (E.U) In conjunction with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have just concluded the General Meeting of today in which good discussion and progress was made to reward Agricultural Farm Development, Investors, Industrialists and Traders In Africa, Europe , And Asia Countries.

The meeting lasted for three (3) hours because all the officials from various Regional Committees of the E.U and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) were present, The delegates from London, United Kingdom were in the meeting, the officials of IMF World Auditors (including Mrs. Margaret Powell and Alvin T Clyde) arrived in good time before commencement of the meeting. Also present in the crucial meeting of today were Mr. Gabriel Alanson and Kenneth Irwin Dickson from Commonwealth Financial Office. The meeting started in a good time and all the invited officials plus the top executives of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) joined at the Conference Room and the meeting commenced in earnest.

This resolution was reached based on so many complaints tabled at the Head Quarters of the United Nation Office in Washington D.C in regards on how to help Farmers, Investors, Industrialist and Traders to come back on track after the World Economic Crisis to foster Financial Development across the globe.
This reward is to help you restructure, boost and improve you financially in your activities.

The Approved FILE bearing your full name was presented for deliberation and the Executive Financial Auditors have unanimously resolved to include your full-name amongst the favored beneficiaries who will benefit from the amount earmarked for the Agricultural Development Program (A.D.P).

The remittance officials must as a matter of necessity proceed to effect the transfer of the authenticated/approved amount of US$ 5,000,000.00 (Five Million United States Dollar) Only, to you.

During the meeting of today, the Council of E.U and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Parliament resolved that all favored beneficiaries must quickly send application to the Office of the Director, José Graziano da Silva, on this email: ( ) and Telephone number: + 44 701 005 4837. requesting for Accelerated Remittance of your approved grant of US$ 5.,Million (Five Million United States Dollar).
You are advised to send us the following information.


For further requiry, please call telephone : [ + 44 701 005 4837 ] for more clarifications.

Yours Sincerely,

José Graziano da Silva

United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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