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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: "UNAC" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 02:08:24 -0800

SFERS. DEBT RECONCILIATION/AUDIT UNIT United Nations Headquarters, New York=
, NY 10017 , USA YOUR REF: WB/NF/UN/XX028 UNITED NATIONS. Greetings, =
We were authorized by the newly appointed United Nation Secretary General, =
and the Governing body of the United Nations Debt Reconciliation Unit, to i=
nvestigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved =
in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with d=
ismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials=
of the Bank and Government regulatory organs in Nigeria who are trying to =
divert your funds into their private accounts. This is to bring to your =
notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS in HSBC To pay 50 vict=
ims from your country who has being Victims of Internet scam .The United Na=
tions has decided to pay you $2,500,000 USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thous=
and United State Dollars) each. You are listed and approved for this paymen=
t as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount, get back to this of=
fice as soon as possible for the immediate payment of your $2,500,000 USD c=
ompensation funds. We have been having a meeting for the past Seven months =
which ended Three days ago with the former secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.=
This email is to 50 selected people that have been scammed or extorted =
money from because of your contract payment execution in any part of the wo=
rld, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of $2.5=
MILLON USD This includes every foreign contractors that may have not yet r=
eceived their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transact=
ion or international businesses that failed due to Government problems or i=
rregularities etc. We found your email in our list and that is why we are c=
ontacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed by the United =
Nations Board of Directors and Trustees from the WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRA=
MME. We sent you series of emails in this regards but you did not respon=
d back to us; However, in the course of our routine securitization into our=
Dispatch Alert, we discovered that the document of your fund is intact and=
very much available, note that United Nations Board of Director have sign =
your ATM CARD in the favor of your name and hand it over to REV. CARL BRAIT=
HWAIT Chief Protocol Officer, Dispatch Unit to fill it, you have to contact=
REV. CARL BRAITHWAIT in charge of your ATM CARD, as he is our UNITED NATIO=
NS representative in UNITED STATE and AFRICA region, contact him immediatel=
y for your ATM CARD VALUE SUM OF $2.5.MILLION USD, This funds are in a ATM =
CARD for security purpose. He will send it to you and you can clear it in a=
ny ATM Machine of your choice. Contact information: REV. CARL BRAITHW=
AIT Chief Protocol Officer,Dispatch Unit . Email: (complaindesk_unitednatio= Direct Telephone line: +1(917) 342-2624 As soon as you =
establish a contact with him, ensure that you provide your present address =
as below to the contact in other for the Officer to effect the change and R=
e-direct the parcel to your home address. FULL NAME: ADDRESS: PHONE NUMB=
your urgent attention to this email to enable us monitor this payment effe=
ctively. Most importantly you shall be requested to pay the sum of $320(Onl=
y) by REV. CARL BRAITHWAIT as the Delivery fee of your ATM CARD. Once you c=
ontact the Office, please request delivery option from him in other to avoi=
d further delay. Yours Faithfully, Secretary-General United Nation An=

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