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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:

Date: 20 Nov 2019 23:33:58 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION: Dear email owner, kindly address this as a metter of urgency!!!


I want you to know that due to your delay in claiming your
compensation fund sum $10.5 Million Dollars, your fund will be
confiscated in the next 72 hours so if you know that you are
still interested in your fund, kindly send your reply to this
mail ( . Contact our financial officer in
the person of Reverend George Edward now so that he can help or
assist you to claim your fund.

NOTE: Your funds is still very much available, safe and ready for
release to you as the beneficiary.

Yours in service,

Mr. Antonio Guterres
General Secretary
United Nations.

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