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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: "Mr James Willy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 19:06:12 +0200
Subject: 2018 United Nations Compensation Payment Released!

ATTN: Beneficiary,

Hello and good day, you may not understand why you got this email It's in regards to the recent meeting between the present United Nations Secretary-General and the Present Nigerian Government to restore and strengthen the Economy of the Nations,Base on the Agreement with Nigerian Government,to help and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty. We have been having a meeting for the past few weeks which ended a day ago.
The National Central Bureau of Interpol enhanced by the United Nations have successfully passed a mandate to the current president of Nigeria his Excellency the commander-in-chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces President Mohammed Buhari,to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to Foreigners and citizens of United States and Compensate all that have lost their hard earned money to Fraudsters in general(worldwide).
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them each with the sum of US$ 8,500,000.00 (Eight Million Five Hundred United State Dollars) This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems,Contracts Sum, Lottery/Gambling etc.Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Teams (NPD) Independent Monitor and this is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.
You are advised to contact Pastor Henry Green, as he is our representative in Nigeria contact him immediately for your Cash worth the total sum of US$ 900,000.00 (Nine Hundred United State Dollars) This funds are in currently deposited with Heritage Credit Union in Nigeria authorized by United Nation in order for your funds to be transferred to your designated account of yours,choice is yours once acknowledgement of this notice is gotten with the requested information below from you,get back to him with the information below.

Full name
Home Address
Date Of Birth
Last 4 digits of your ssn
Phone Number

Contact Him immediately for your cash with the following informations.
Person to Contact: Pastor Green (contact agent)
private Email:
Give him your File Reference (UN-2018-V),it will be better to call him once he gets your are to write to his email contacting him with the information needed below and also your File Reference number which is (UN-2018-V), this file reference number is very important and gives him access to get through to your file and email you back quickly once he confirms your email and your delivery details.
Thanks for adhering to this instructions and once again accept our congratulations.

Good luck and kind regards,
Making the world a better place,
Mr. Antonio Guterres Secretary(UNITED NATIONS)

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