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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: "Dr. Ken Jim" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:23:53 -0500

Internal Audit, Monitoring & Investigation Dept.
Abuja Nigeria.
We have to inform you that the Executive and Presidents of B2B, have agreed with the United Nations to Compensate all B2B and scammed victims. This letter is to notify you about your compensation as one of the scammed victim that sent money via, Western Union Money Transfer and Money Gram to fraudsters. This is to notify you that your EMAIL  have been listed as one of the Scammed victim to benefit from this ongoing SCAMMED COMPENSATION BENEFITS (SVCB)
Please be informed that your REF/PAYMENTS CODE IS: WFSC/07735  are to be quoted in your corresponding. The United Nations have agreed and made it mandatory that every scam victims will only pay DELIVERY/VAT  fee to receive the ATM card by courier. It is my pleasure to inform you that ATM Card  has been approved in your favor; The ATM Card Value is $5.5m USD (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand, United States Dollars Only).
Kindly provide the details below for delivery.
1.Full Names:
2. Valid delivery address:
3. Cell/Phone Number:
4. Your Nearest Airport:
Treat urgently and note that your ATM Card is ready and available for dispatch to you.
Urgent compliance is to your advantage.
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Ken Jim.
UN Payment Compensation Director

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