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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: "Dr Patrick Doku" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 05:48:58 -0700
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?=5BSpam=5D?=

United Nations Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Dear Sir

I am Dr Patrick Doku,Head of Operations United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is to ensure a coherent response for people affected by emergencies and the principal adviser to the Secretary-General on all humanitarian issues.
I am pleased to get across to you for a business investment program,which I believe will benefit you after completion.

Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was a Sierra Leon politician who served twice as the 3rd President of Sierra Leon, from 1996 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2007, An economist and attorney by profession, Kabbah spent many years working for the United Nations Development Program and was killed by rebels March 13, 2014 at Freetown capital city of sierra Leone.

Before the death of Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah he deposited the sum of US$37.4 Million and 135kg Gold Bars with the United Nations depository vault,which was mandated by God to assist his child to search for Foreign Investor due to market and Economic instability affecting Africa countries.

I find your profile very interesting and I wish to update you that the Former Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon the formal south Korea foreign minister who took office from Kofi Annan Ghanaian Diplomat has began to use his office to assist Africa child who would like to stay in South Korea,I have forwarded this children name to the secretary general of united nations and they will be issue with UN Diplomatic Immunity Passport that will take them to any part of the world where they will stay. In view of this, I am using this single opportunity to appoint you as their Foreign beneficiary if only you can assure me that when you receive the funds for the children you will protect the funds, invest it in a profitable business, educate the children and make life worth living for them,so if you are interested get back to me.

Sincerely Yours
Patrick Doku

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