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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: "Chairman Committee Foreign Settlement" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2018 13:58:51 -0300


In accordance with the external condemnation/petitions from foreign
creditors over non-payment of their overdue fund, in conjunction with
United Nations Organization has constituted an Anti-corruption
Committee to create Global Awareness’ to all Foreign Contractors and
fund beneficiary's, to be resolve and immediately release all
outstanding debts immediately, in serving the financial needs of a
rapidly expanding customers.

We will work hard to earn the confidence and trust you have placed in
us. We know our neighbors and we will offer more personalized and
friendlier service in meeting all of your financial needs.
I am contacting you just for one reason that the fund can still be
paid if I recommend because my discovery has not been revealed to
anyone yet. I want to let you know that the fund can be paid if you
are ready to follow my advise and work secretly with me due to the
fact that I have interest in the fund . I want to benefit from it, so
let me know if you can be able to receive the fund for the opportunity
falls within my area of Jurisdiction.

For us to proceed, you are required to send to me your details which
will be used for proper Job description. Note that all moralities has
been mapped out and it is 100% safe.

From the records of outstanding funds due for immediate payment, your
name/particulars were discovered as next on the approved list.Fund has
been approved on your behalf for this first quota of 2018 fiscal year.
For your information, we have assigned Commonwealth Bank UK Branch to
handle all related transactions to avoid further complain from
beneficiaries about incessant taxes, fees etc. You are warn to desist
from any office from now henceforth and deal with me alone , to avoid
wasting further through the Agents, those that presently to stand as
the beneficiary.

My office has received the following information from United Nations
Secretary General Cabinet today as regards to your fund. File No:
790042, United Kingdom Inspection Cooperation (UKIC) Ref: No#:
GNP/3480/02/00, Indemnity clearance No#: UNB/UKI/V1233/PPC-X29/98,
Special Duties Office Approved No#:LM/05/371NGF/010, United Kingdom
National Procurement Corporation (UNNPC) Approve No#:
UNNPC/FMFNG002/CBL/DF101, Payment Ref No#: 111162AP.

Kindly re-confirm the following information

1) Your full name:
2) Contact address:
3) Nationality:
4) Phone number :
5) Gender:
6) Age:
7) Copy of your identification, to serve as proof of Identity.

As soon as this information is received, your payment will be made to
your nominated bank account directly, You are advised to desist from
further communication with any(s) to avoid total cancellation of the
payment. New payment mode has been assigned to you.

Yours Faithfully,
Chairman Committee Foreign Settlement


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