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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." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2022 06:18:17 -0800

Good day to you,
my name is Mrs. Carman Lapointe Young the FORMER: Head of United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), I want to inform you that I was sent to United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos Nigeria last week by the United Nations Secretary General to verify the origin of your funds,
After the verification from the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Finance Nigeria on the delaying of your funds payment, it is proven that your funds originated from the Nigerian government as inherited funds. 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 Mr. Richard Graves from the USA to frustrate you and thereafter divert your fund into their personal account.
The Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Finance Nigeria has agreed and appointed the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) and authorized to affect the payment to you by ATM Master Card without any delay and they have successfully program your Card and activate it so as am talking to you now your ATM Card is ready for use, Again I want you to know that you are only require to come down here in Nigeria to sign and pick up your Card without paying any cent but if you can't come down here in Nigeria to sign and pick up your ATM Card then you will have to pay Delivery Notarization fee of $370 and bank will hand over your Card to DHL and they will deliver it to your address within 72hours so I want you to tell me if you want to come down here to pick up your Card or you prefer to send the $370 so that DHL will deliver your Card to your address?
NOTE THIS, your fund originated from the Nigerian Government as inherited funds, and you cannot receive your funds from any other country except from the Nigerian Government because it originated there, call me immediately. +234-8093486520,

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