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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: "Borman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 17:30:47 -0700

Attn: Sir/Madam,
I am Hon (Barr) Nelson Borman, Attorney General of United Nations Compensation Commission United Kingdom. I contacted you for the Approved Compensation sum of US$2,500,000.00 Dollars in your name that supposed to be paid to you in the year 2014/2016 UN COMPENSATION ALLOCATION SCHEME.
The compensation benefit is allocated to people that had unfinished fund transaction in the past. Hope you have suspended/unfinished fund transaction in Africa, Europe, UK, Asia and USA years ago; I am in good position to assist in order to receive the fund to your country without any problem.
The payment will be by ATM Visa or Master Card etc which the fund will be credited into and send to your address. Kindly contact me immediately on the below information together with your full details:
Contact Person: Hon (Barr) Nelson Borman  
Direct Tel: +447947745671
I need your urgent mail for more details on the best and quick way to have the fund in your custody
Your urgent mail is highly needed.
Hon (Barr) Nelson Borman
Attorney General United Nations
Compensation Commission
London, United Kingdom.

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