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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: "UNCC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 10:37:50 +0100
Subject: Payment cancellation Notice!!


United Nations Compensation Commission

Address: 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, 10017


Payment cancellation Notice!!

This email is to clearly notify you that this office will from now cancel the Compensation payment awarded to you by the United Nation Compensation Commission(UNCC).

This is the Final notice which means that if your payment of $120 dollars required for the delivery fee is not completed this week; Your ATM CARD delivery will be at once terminated.

Once again, your US$4,500,000.00 (FOUR MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) will be transferred to someone ready to claim it.

Mr. Alex Bates

Chief Payment Officer

Office of Compensation Commission

This message is intended to be confidential and solely for the addressee.
If you received this e-mail in error, please delete it and advise us at
notifier at

E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free and the
sender does not accept liability for errors or omissions. Thomson, Rogers also
retains the right to monitor our e-mail transmissions in order to maintain our high
standard of service.

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