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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: UNO AWARD <>
Date: 25 Feb 2017 14:08:39 +0100
Subject: Congrats

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that the United Nations
Committee on REWARD/COMPENSATION have selected
your Email I.D for the New year 2017 program. The
Microsoft through a careful world wide web
gathering of data made a very careful electronic
base selection and your Email happen to become
one of the luckiest winner and therefore the
United Nations will be rewarding you with the sum
of US$2.5million.

The reason why this program is set up is to reward
the hard work and diligence of people around the
world and particularly the people of your country
are hard working and therefore deserve both
financial and human encouragement.

This is to announce to you the draw of the United
Nation Foundation Programs held in African
Continent (Lome Togo Republic) which your Email I
D won $2.500.000.00 for you

Be informed that your fund $2.5Million has been
credited into ATM VISA CARD (ORABANK). You can not
withdraw more than $10,000.00 per day, this is
what the Banking Instructions Stated. You will
see the rest details when you receive the CARD, I
have personally registered your ATM VISA CARD
worth of $2.5Million with DHL Courier Company in
Togo for delivery to your house,

Contact DHL CUSTOMER CARE and receive your ATM
Contact person {Mr. Conte James}
Email {} or

Yours faithfully,

Director for United Nations Committee on

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