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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: "United Nations-Headquarters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:20:59 -0800
Subject: United Nations Compensation Payment Approved

United Nations Compensation Commission, UNCC.
We have previously sent you emails in respect of your outstanding compensation payment which has since been assigned to you.
We were going through your payment portfolio and came to a logical conclusion that you are yet to receive your compensation payment.
We must get you informed that your email was listed among those that are yet to receive their compensation payment.
The United Nations in Affiliation with World Bank have agreed to compensate each with the sum of USD1,500, 000.00 (One Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only.
For this reason, you are to receive your payment through a certified ATM CARD PAYMENT.Note, with this ATM Card you can withdraw
money and also make payment anywhere in the World without any problem and please for no reason should you disclose your account
information as your account information is not and can never be needed before you receive your card payment. All that is required of your
now is to contact the Bank Official by the Name of Mr.Jack Thomas:
Bank Name: ICB Bank
Contact Name: Mr. Jack Thomas
Please ensure that you follow the directives and instructions of Mr.Jack Thomas so that within 24-72 hours you would have received
your-card-payment and your secret-pin-code issued directly to you for security reasons. We apologize on behalf of the United Nations
Compensation Unit for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your funnd in the past. Congratulations,
Yours Faithfully,
Mark Lowcock
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

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