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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr Abraham.M.Morris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:18:01 -0800
Subject: Immediate Release of your Accumulated Fund Interest Payment.

Internal Audit ||Monitoring || Consulting and Investigations Division
From:Mr Abraham.M.Morris.
Your Very Urgent Attention,
Re: Immediate Release of your Accumulated Fund Interest Payment via International Certified ATM Card.  
My name is Mr Abraham.M.Morris, a Consultant with the United Nations, we management of United Nation through International Collaboration/Networking Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), wishes to inform you about your interest sum of US$1, 870,000.00 that was accrued from your capital sum which you are about to receive, we have been notify by the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) of World Bank about the release of this approved fund to you.
We want to use this medium to inform you that the above interest has been approved for payment to your through International Certified ATM Card based on your choice and be informed that we have concluded every legal arrangement pending your acknowledgement of this official notice while you provide to us with your full information and current contact address together with your direct telephone number if different from what we have.
Meanwhile, be informed that we shall be delivering this International Certified ATM Card to you through FedEx Express Delivery to your house address for instant cash access. The IMF secretary general has directed that we work in collaborations with the Government and security agencies here and have resolved to waive away all clearance fees/Charges and authorize us to effect payments without prejudice to the approved beneficiary with immediate effect.
Your full name............
Direct phone number.......
Mobile Number.............
Scan Copy of Identity.....
The only thing you need to receive your fund is the UN Notarization of UN Bill of Right, after which the “UN Bill of Right” Certificate will be issued to you that will supersede any injunction whatsoever and by then your fund must have been guaranteed.
In view of that, the above offices will not be held responsible for your inability to respond to this official letter within 2 banking days, because the World bank has given us a 48 working hours mandate to conclude with this transaction and for your own good interest you should keep this very confidential till you have access to this fund.  
In case if you need any clarification, do not hesitate to ask, we are always there to meet your needs and as a matter of facts and urgency you urgently need to call us soonest receiving reading this mail for better explanations and understandings of yours.
Yours in service,
Mr Abraham.M.Morris.
Phone number:+27791125586
United Nations Under-Secretary- General for Internal Oversight.

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