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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: "UN poverty Alleviation program." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 23:51:27 +0100
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary Notification Message.

Dear Beneficiary,

We want to notify you that a world-wide draw was carefully carried out this week through an electronic random selection of e-mail addresses from the internet which led to your selection as one of the lucky beneficiaries of this year's UN-Poverty Alleviation Program which is aimed at reducing poverty to it's barest minimum worldwide.

The total amount due for collection by you is USD1,500,000,00 Dollars which is ready to be release and pay to you as soon as you contact the assigned bank for claim without delay.

You are hereby required to contact Continental National Bank transfer department in charge of disbursement for the UN poverty Alleviation program with the below information's.

Contact Person: Mr.Charles Walker

Your Full Names----------------------
Residential Address------------------
Phone No-----------------------------

Mrs.Roseline Clark
(Director UN poverty Alleviation program)

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