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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: "H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 06:10:46 -0700
Subject: YOUR US$980,000.00

Good Day,

It is our pleasure to notify you that United Nations Board of Auditors have agreed to compensate you with sum of US$980,000.00 and follow the instructions from Dr. Jim Yong Kim The World Bank president we has arranged your Fund through MasterCard ATM which is the most easiest and safe methods to release your payment.

Meanwhile be advised to contact our representative Agent. James Ross who is in position to release your MasterCard ATM below is his contact details:

Name: Mr. James A. Ross
Contact Email:
Tel Number: +229 9855-6769

Please take note of the above to avoid mistake and you are required to fill the below details and forward to him:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Country:........
3. Your Delivery Address:
4. Telephone:......
5. Your Occupation...
5. Your Age...... /Sex............

Note this compensation including Scam Victims and international businesses that failed due to Government problem etc. However note any other contact you made out side his office is at your own risk.

I wish you the very best of luck.

Kind Regards
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson
Deputy Secretary-General U.N

CC: Mr. Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General
CC: Mr. Jim Yong Kim the World Bank President
CC: Mrs. Christine Lagarde the IMF Managing Director

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