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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Ant=C3=B3nio_Guterres?= <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 13:59:45 +0100
Subject: United Nations Organization (UNO) Agreement!

United Nation Organisation(UNO)
405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017, USA.
Phone: 1 (970) 999 6107

Attention, My name is António Guterres. Having gone to Africa(Federal
Republic of Nigeria) and confirmed that you are one of the SCAM victims by
some cohorts who claimed who and what they are not. Now it has been made
clear to me that all your dealing with who so ever that claims whom he/she
is should contact me for more investigations and authentication. NOTE: that
i have been handed your compensation fund documents to make fast release of
your fund of US$5,000,000.00 to you. Bear in mind that this compensation is
coming from the "HUMAN RIGHTS AND UNO" in cooperation with the HSBC BANK &

You are advised to get back to me with your personal information as
requested bellow:

Full Name:
Telephone Number:
Passport Or National Identity Copy:
Marital Status:

Having confirmed hoodlums from AFRICA who hacked the most of the Regional
Banks here in USA, the HUMAN RIGHT and UNO have agreed to compensate you
with the above mention money to you($5,000,000.00) with a Legal Tax charge
of $450 from you.

NOTE: you are legally approved and instructed to abide this policy to have
your fund, i shall furnish you with the payment details upon your request
and i advise you never to miss this opportunity because it is the only way
to wipe away your tear and regain your all you hae lost in past.

Get back to me strictly on this email for fast response, .


António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Phone: 1 (970) 999 6107

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