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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: UN Economic Council-Geneve <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2018 11:52:54 -0700
Subject: GoodNEWS For Your Grant / Call Me Back

From Desk of:Juana H. Cook (Mrs)
For: Secretary-General Antуnio Guterres.
United Nations Headquarters in Geneva,
UN/IMF Pay{ATM Compensation Payment Notification Valued at US$5,750,000.00}
Dear Beneficiary,
This is to inform you that the UN/IMF Compensation and Debt Settlement Bureau in conjunction with the
European Union (EU) wishes to congratulate you on the successful selection in our ongoing fund remittance
promo for all Scam victims, ecological and natural disaster affected individuals to be issued ATM Global
Cash Card for compensation around the globe. This scheme was initiated by the United Nations, International
Monetary Fund (IMF) with European Union (EU) to compensate all Such victims and also to help the world in
the sustainable 2020 Poverty Alleviation Scheme and Economic Meltdown. In regards to this, we wish to inform
you that your compensation funds valued at US$5,750,000.00 {Five Million and Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand
USDollars} has been authorized to be released to you through our ATM Global Cash Centre stated hereunder.
Note that no tickets were sold out. Your email was among other lucky emails/Scam Victims users selected
RANDOMLY via United Nations e-wheel World Wide Web (WWW) Computer Ballot System drawn from over 5,000,000
companies and 5,000,000 individual email/Scam Victims from all over the world during the all victims
Online EMAIL selection draw.In the mean time we have been mandated to issue out this payment via our ATM
Global Swift Cash Card Payment method, which is the latest technology powered by the ATM Global Inc.
This ATM Global Swift Cash Card will be credited/uploaded with your above referenced fund and couriered
to your door step via Exclusive Royal Classified Courier and a tracking number will be issued to you to
enable you track your parcel till it gets to its final destination.
Take note that your ATM card Number; XXXX 4214 7682 XXXX has been approved and validated in your favor.
Meanwhile,your Secret Pin Number will be available as soon as you confirm the receipt of your Global ATM
Cash CARD. You are permitted a maximum withdrawal value of US$10,000(Ten Thousand Dollars) daily and this
ATM card can be used in any ATM machine/cash Point anywhere in the world.
Therefore, you are advised to feel free to contact our Director of the  ATM Global Cash Centre with
the required information as listed below to the following office via email stated hereunder.
The Director
ATM Global Cash Centre.
UN Compensation Bureau
3 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EL
United Kingdom
Contact Person: Dr. Fred Mc Naid
Required information:
1. Full Name
2. Phone and Fax Number
3. Address Were You Want Us to Send the ATM Card
4. Your Age and Current Occupation
5. Country
Take note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our Attestation Code Number:(UNATM-UNTA001F313)
which you must keep from any third party AND should indicate this Secret Code Number when contacting the
ATM Global Cash Centre by using it as your subject AND we will not bear responsibility if lost because your
funds will not be attended to without this information. Therefore you are hereby mandated now to contact
our Director of ATM Global Cash Center for more details AND directives for the immediate release of your
ATM Global cash card.
We Wait For Your urgent Response.
Yours in Service,
Juana H. Cook (Mrs)
For: Secretary-General Antуnio Guterres.
United Nations Office, Geneva-Switzerland.


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