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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: "F P D" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:38:36 -0800
Subject: Our Ref: UNCCORG/849IMF/2017

United Nations Headquarters New York
405 East 42nd Street, New York,
NY, 10017, USA
Direct Office lines: +1 (507) 369 2686
Direct Fax Line: +1 (507) 750 1027

Our Ref: UNCCORG/849IMF/2017

Dear Fund Beneficiary / Email Address Owner

The former president of the United States of America, President Barack Obama during His stay in the office has ended the meetings which has been held for over 26 years which began since 1991, in regards to putting an end to online internet scam.

It has been observed that you have not received your fund which is in the tune of £ 2.5 Million GBP due to past corrupt Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the releasing of your fund.

We have been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of west African countries which includes (NIGERIA, REPUBLIC OF BENIN, TOGO, GHANA CAMEROON AND SENEGAL) and they are all in our custody here in ABUJA Nigeria. We have been able to recover so much money from these scam artists. The United Nation Anti-crime commission and the United State Government have ordered the money recovered from the Spammers to be shared among 75 Fortunate people around the globe.

The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations and Federal Bureau of Investigation have successfully passed a mandate to the current acting president of Nigeria his Excellency President Mohammad Buhari to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.

Below is the Registration Information of your Fund and you are to provide the following details to Mr. Steve Connlley on contacting him as evidence of receiving email from us as a beneficiary to this compensation fund.

Beneficiary’s Full Name: Sex: Date of Birth: Physical Address: Mobile Number:

To effect the release of your fund valued at £ 2.5 Million GBP, you are advised to contact the director of payment via his email address with the information below, Mr. Steve Connlley

Email address:

You are therefore advice not to toy with this developments as a mandate was also issued to terminate the fund immediately if you fail to claim your fund soonest.

I have done my best as a clergy drafted newly to this position to assist people like you the rest is left for you. urgent response will enable me forge ahead towards the on-wards delivery of your payment to your residential address.

We expect your urgent confirmation and response to this email as directed to enable the Foreign Payment Department monitor your payment effectively. Congratulations.

United Nations Compensation Commission.

We the people…..A stronger UN for a better world

From: Mrs. Elizabeth Crestho
United Nations Headquarters New York
405 East 42nd Street, New York,
NY, 10017, USA
+1 (507) 369 2686

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