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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: "Rose Hun" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:57:06 -0800
Subject: RE: Compensation payments

Attn: ,

This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance and who have been scammed in any part of the world. This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government and UN problems etc.

Recently we the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested internet fraudsters and Scammer with large amount of money so if you are receiving this email its means you where selected to be compensated as a scam victim among 100 selected victims with part of the money recover from the internet fraudsters account.

The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you with the sum of $1,050,000.00 USD (One Million fifty Thousand United States Dollars). 100 people where selected across the Globe for this MIDDLE OF THE YEAR COMPENSATION and Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed, so you are advised to contact Rev George Francia Page of the United Nations Compensation Commission, as he is our representative in France. Contact him immediately for your Compensation payment of $1,050,000.00 USD (One Million fifty Thousand United States Dollars) which will be released directly to you in accordance with legal clearance and procedures. Kindly reach him on the following:
Phone Number: +33758013133

However, you should reconfirm your Full Name/Telephone Number/your Residential Address/Gender and Occupation.
Contact immediately for your compensation payment:

Mrs. Rose Hun
Director- General
ATM Card Paymen

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