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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: UN Crime Fighting Officer <"WWW.">
Reply-To: UN Crime Fighting Officer <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:02:09 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent Attention my dear friend

Urgent Attention my dear friend :

My name is Mr Robert mike, I am a crime fighter and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. I was mandated to come to Africa to investigate frauds that are being committed here in Africa at intervals. I am presently working with the Benin inspector general of police, some FBI and CIA agents to ensure that the perpetrators of this Evil activities are urgently apprehended.

I am very honored to be invited to eradicate fraud completely in Africa which I have vowed to do without any fear or favor, but it baffles me to discover that your impending funds from Africa, which was intercepted, has not been released to you till this moment after being cleared by the Benin Presidency, Federal Ministry of Justice and the Finance Ministry. It is also clearly indicated that you have made several attempts and spend much money to transfer your funds to your account but to no avail.

With the help of the Benin Police, special FBI and CIA agents in Benin, We have managed to apprehend some scam syndicates who made some confessional statements and indicted Ex-Governor of Central Bank of Benin ( Professor Benjamine Oliaku and his successor Dr. Michael Oduwah. They have confessed how they have impersonated the names of some UN Executive members like MR BAN KI-MOON, Mrs. Inga-Britt Ahlenius and Ms.Carman L. Lapointe Lapointe Mrs Paulette Beal to defraud their victims.

Please, we have noticed that Benin are very ruthless and have defrauded so many foreigners, we have also discovered the irregularities in foreign payment files intentionally masterminded by these scammers and urgently called the attention of the World Bank President and Mr. Bank Ki-Moon and they both came to a resolution that the Federal Government of Benin must pay a total amount of $10.5Millon to each of the people whose names were found in the list till this irregularity has been corrected.

This approved amount must be made available to all beneficiaries within the next 5 banking days or an Economic Sanction will be placed on Benin by the UN and other international Organizations.

NOTE: On no account must you be requested to pay any fee by any Bank or individual in Benin. The only fee you must pay to receive your fund which covers every other fee is a UN POLICE FUND CLEARANCE REPORT FEE OF $75.00,This must be paid directly to my office here for the procurement and endorsement of all your fund approval/release documents by the UN.

WARNING!!!!!!. The UN has never for once sent any Diplomat to Benin for any payment. IF you have any dealings with anyone claiming to be any of these persons, please STOP immediately or we shall cancel this payment of USD$10.5Millon that has already been approved to you. Note that, the UN POLICE FUND CLEARANCE REPORT FEE is must and very important, so take note of that.

NB: Every communication should be made through the e-mail address below:( ) on how to send the $75.00 only.

NOTE: We have asked for the above UN POLICE FUND CLEARANCE REPORT FEE to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible. immediately Contact me via E-mail for instructions on how to send the $75.00 any other contact or payment you make apart from the UN POLICE FUND CLEARANCE REPORT FEE is at your own risk. WE will like your respond to this call to avoid any further delaying and when replying this mail, include your,

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kindly take urgent action in sending the $75.00 through Western union or money gram to enable immediate release of your funds,


AMOUNT:.... US $75.00 USD
ANS:.. B

You are therefore advised to comply immediately without further delay and your funds will be released forthwith.

Thanks for your anticipated compliance to this message.

Mr Robert Mike
D/Line +22999619335
UN Deputy Secretary-General.
UN Crime Fighting Officer.

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