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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 Nation" <"www.">
Reply-To: " United Nation" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:33:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: United Nation

United Nation and World Bank in collaboration with
Africa Union
Ikorodu Road, Plot 71
New Lugbe Zone AO,
Central District, U S A .

Good News,

This is to inform you that your long awaiting fund has been
approved to be delivered to you in Good faith. We must say we are really sorry
for the delay .We have been working very hard to come up with propermoralities
of making the delivery to you and we have come to a final conclusion from our
last meeting that you are going to receive your FUND through ATM CARD
containing your overdue payment worth $4,800,000.00. Which will bedelivered to

Reconfirm the following information to Mr.DAVID G BENNER proceeds
without delay:(

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Address:
3. Your Phone N
4. Your Occupation:
5. Your Age:

Mr.DAVID G BENNER will be waiting to hear from you
urgently. Remember this is where you send the information to him

Yours in Service,
United Nation

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