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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: "Doc Senate Mark" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:17:35 -0800

This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL FRAUD MONITORING UNIT,I wish to

notify you that the office of the Nigerian presidency has been authorized to pay out to 30 innocent victims of the widely

know internet scam Froud''the sum of ($2.5millionUSD) Two million five hundred thousand dollars each and you were listed

and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims.

It has come to an alarming proportion based on reports from different victims,some of these victims have almost lost their

lives, families, properties,and friends.The most alarming aspect of the issue was on the amount money lost by these various

innocent individuals of there hard earned money to scams artists operating in syndicates all over the world today,In other

to compensate victims,the UNITED NATIONS Body in conjunction with the newly elected government in Nigeria has agreed to pay

30 victims $2.5MILLION USD each in accordance with the.


You are advice to reconfirm the below details to me in other for me to facilitates all modalities on your behalf so your

fund can be remitted to you.

1) Your full name and residential address :
2) Your direct phone number :
3) Your file reference number :
4) Your nominated account details where your funds will be transferred into:

Yours Faithfully,
Payment Officer
Doc Senate Mark.

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