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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: "Michael Stone" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:16:42 +0200
Subject: Your Accrued Interest Payment


As the New Chairman, Foreign Payment Reconciliation Committee of United Nations, i write to let you know that we have resolved to compensate all the Contract Unpaid beneficiaries/ Scam victim with the Sum of $15,500,000.00 each. This committee has also agreed that no African Bank will be assigned to pay any of you as such you do not have anything to do with African Bank officials.

Contact the Paymaster General of United Nations,DR DAVID JOHNSON through his direct email Address: .

Please adhere to only his instructions.

Mr Micheal Stone

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