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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: "Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:06:59 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Internal Audit, Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations

From Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young,

This is to inform you that I came to Nigeria yesterday from United
States Of America, after series of complains from the FBI and other
Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South
America and the United States of America respectively, against the
Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate
of scam activities going on in these two nations.

I have met with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and some other
top concerned banks officials here in Nigeria who claimed that they
have been trying their best to make sure you receive your fund in your

Right now, as directed by our secretary general António Guterres, We
are working in collator rations with the Nigerian Economic and
Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and have decided to waive away all
your clearance fees/Charges and authorize the Government of Nigeria to
effect the payment of your compensation of an amount of (US$10, 500,
000, 00) approved by both the British government and the UN into your
account without any delay. The only fee you will pay to confirm your
fund in your account is your Notarization fee to the UN.

Get back to us with your banking information,
Full Names:.........................
Direct Number:.....................
Bank Name:.........................
Bank Address:....................
Bank Acct,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Routing Number:...............
Swift Code:........................

Sincerely, you are a lucky person because I have just discovered that
some top Nigerian and British Government Officials are interested in
your fund and they are working in collaboration with One Francisco
William from USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into
their personal account.

Since my stay here in Nigeria, i have been holding series of meetings
which makes it difficult for me to answer your calls, but you can call
my assistant Mr.Sandy Williams who came to Nigeria with me, on the
number which I just acquired in Nigeria today: +234-9091735203.

I have a very limited time to stay in Nigeria here so I would like you
to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how
best to confirm your fund in your account within the next 72 hours.

Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young, Under-Secretary-General for Internal
Oversight Services

Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young.
United Nations Under-Secretary-
General for Inteternal Oversight Services.

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