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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: "Mrs.Walker Florence." <>
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2021 04:35:12 -0800
Subject: (UN) Payment Center

Attention: Sir / Madam,
(UN) Payment Center


It is my pleasure to inform you that UN Office has agreed to reward
you with sum of seventeen Million Five hundred thousand $17,500.000.00
and the payment has been

arranged through ATM Master Card which is the latest instruction from
(U.N) Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres, General, Therefore
contact our Agent HON FRANCES

DUBEM Inspector Admin - (UN) Payment Center, Contact E-mail;( ) Contact Tel: +229-6242-7240,

Meanwhile send him your full delivery details:

(1)Your Full Name=============
(2)Mobile Phone Number======
(3)Current Home Address========
(4)Fax Number================
(7)Nearest Airport==============
(8)Passport/Drivers license======

Note this compensation including a Victims and international,
businesses that failed due to Government problems from African
country. You have to contact Inspector

Admin-(UN) Payment Center HON. MR. FRANCES DUBEM,
E-mail;( )

Contact Tel:+229-6242-7240, immediately

With Best Regards
Mrs. Walker Florence.
(UN) Messenger.

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