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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: "Rev. John Wagner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 17:10:15 +0100


Attn: Inheritance//Beneficiary
Re: Payment Of USD$1.850 UN Compensation :

This is to inform you that United Nations High Commission has taken over your payment matters following report we received from UN Intelligent Debt Monitory/ agreement reached with African Union Heads of Government for payment reconciliation inline with condition for further support financial by United States Of America .

Note: UNHC is here to protect your interest and to see that you receive your long over due payment within our mission period without further hitch therefore we need your profound cooperation.

Secondly and importantly, we shall issue all documents/clearance from UNHC intervention Fund, which means that all your Payment Documents/Clearance will be done free of charge by UN,therefore expect to receive your Fund Clearance Documents within few days from now by scan while original documents while shall be called upon to report here for collection of your original documents before your transfer.

Contact person, you are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it with you, but if you don't have it, you are therefore requested to contact the genuinely appointed Office of the Mr Walter Hama Fraud and Payments Agent Atom BANK PLC NORTHUMBRIA HOUSE, AKLEY HEADS DURHAM DH1 5TS LONDON Direct Private Phone+44- 745-205-7102 (Inside-outside Of The UK.)


1) Nationality.

2)Your Present Residence Address.

3) Telephone Number.


5)Send a valid ID of yours E.G International Passport Or Driver's license.

Once the above information is receipt, we shall proceed with your payment documentation while other information/ directives shall be given accordingly.


Rev. John Wagner,
UN Team United States Of America Mission Leader.

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