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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: "Ms. Ursula Muller" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:01:22 -0700
Subject: Get back to me

Dear Valued Beneficiary.

I am Ms. Ursula Muller the United Nation's assistant secretary general on humanitarian affairs and deputy emergency relief co-coordinator,we are working with the committee on Debt Recovery, World Bank and International Monetary Fund on delivering/remitting fund owed by 21 member nation's which has lasted over the years without viable results.

We decided to contact you after various consultation's with captain's of industries, world financial powers and leaders of thought during the just concluded 73rd UN General Assembly held here in New York because of the prevailing financial report reaching this office and the intense nature and policy here,We have concluded plans to send your funds to you and you are to decide between either Bank Wire transfer or ATM MasterCard; chose anyone, We have nominated the Bank of America to deliver this task been a re-known tested and trusted apex Bank in the U.S and they are going to send your funds with its interest which the total is now US($5.5 M) Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars.Get back to me with your details on this E-mail ( and i will direct you to the appropriate office.


Ms. Ursula Muller

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