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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: "United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:20:12 -0300

United Nations Population Fund
Legal status:Active
Headquarters:New York City (United States)
Head: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin


The United Nations (UN) from Headquarters: New York City, New York United States with Founders; France, Denmark, Ecuador, Australia, Canada, Belgium during the UN General Assembly after an Intensive meeting with the World Leaders on Thursday March 10 2015, we have decided to release list from our yearly United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Beneficiaries after a fair selection from our selected countries. After a random selection from email addresses across the world, You have emerged to be a beneficiary to The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Sum of $2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) has been awarded in your favor through a Consignment box which would be delivered to your door step by our qualified logistics.

Beneficiaries who are luckily selected to be a participant from the United Nations Population Fund are to invest a total of 15% from their total allocated funds to the less privileged ones in their community thereby sending us proof of their Investments, We are using this platform to touch hidden places in the World where we could not reach as a means of touching people's life's globally.

You are hereby demanded to Contact HEAD Of UNFPA In the person of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin via his below details for your Confirmation letter and how to claim your Consignment Box with intact funds.

Info needed by you to send along:

Your Full name
Your Home address
Your Direct Telephone Number

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
Telephone:- +1 979-319-7394
E-mail address:-

For further details based on the The United Nations Population Fund please visit below link.
Please visit:

Congratulations on your selections to be a participant from our yearly UNFPA program.

With regards

Yours Sincerely
Rosemary Williams
The United Nations Population Fund (Secretary)

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