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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:37:08 -1200

From: Ms. Carman Lapointe
Head Of United Nations Under-Secretary
General For Internal Oversight Services
To: Unpaid Beneficiary,
This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from Canada after series of complaint from the FBI and other Security agencies  from Asia,Europe, South America and the United States of America 
respectively,against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the high volume of fraudulent activities going that is  on in these two nations.
Right now, as directed by UN secretary General named Ban Ki-Moon we are working in collaborations with the Nigerian Financial Crime Commission/agencies and we have decided to waive away all your 
clearance fees/Charges and authorized the Government of Nigeria to  effect your overdue payment worth $10.5M only into your account without any delay  as approved and instructed by AMERICAN government and UNITED NATIONS;
Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that some top Nigerian and Canadian Government officials are interested in your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Mr. Richard Graves from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
You can view this page for your perusal
We are going to pay you from our compensation fund scheme.
Note that I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I  would like you to urgently respond to this message with your details; so that I can advise you on how best to receive your fund from me within the  next 72 hours.
1. Your full names:.......................
2. Residential address:...................
3. Telephone phone number:.................
You can reach me for now with below information:
Tel: +234-9054471562
Sincerely yours,
Ms. Carman Lapointe
Head Of United Nations Under-Secretary
General For Internal Oversight Service

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