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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:

Date: Wed, 03 May 2017 22:15:58 +0200
Subject: Good News

Attention Dear?
This is to officially inform you that we have been having meetings for the past Seven (7) months which ended two days ago with Mr. Jim Yong Kim the World Bank president and other seven continent presidents on the Congress we treated on issue concerning Scam victims problems..
Therefore we have decided to contact you following the reports we received from Anti-Fraud International Monitoring Group that forty(40) people listed names/emails has been submitted to us therefore the United Nations have agreed to compensate you with the sum of( US$ 2.5 million usd ) this compensation is also including international business that failed due to bad Government officials problems etc.
Note we have arranged your payment through MasterCard ATM which is the latest instruction from the World Bank president Mr. Jim Yong Kim therefore be advice to contact our Office Agent. Western Union who is in position to release your MasterCard ATM contact him with the bellow email & phone number and make sure you forwards your full delivery details to prove your self.
1. FullName:..................... ..
2. Country:...................... ......
3. Delivery Address:........
4. Telephone..........:
5. Occupation.................... ..............
Finally for the immediate collection of your MasterCard ATM contact our Office Agent.western union to enable you confirm your payment without further delay. and note that any other contact you made out side this office is at your own risk.

Thanks: Jim Yong Kim World Bank president

Mr. Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General

H.E. Mr.Wayne Martin
Deputy Secretary-General (U.N)

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