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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. Barbara Morrison" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2021 09:29:34 +0200
Subject: Approved Payment Of Us$5,500,000.00 Dollars In Your Name

Dear Fund Beneficiary,


This letter is from the United Nations Fund Recovery Unit, newly
appointed by United Nation secretary general, and the governing body
of INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND. This body was set up to
Investigate/Recover unpaid funds being owed to Governments/Individuals
all over the world through Contract Payments/Inheritance and Lottery
funds etc.

During our investigation, we discovered that your payment has been
unnecessarily delayed by some corrupt Agents that corroborated with
bank Officials trying to divert your funds into their private accounts
for their personal use. We have discovered an outstanding unclaimed
sum of US$5.5 Million Dollars in your name, which was to be paid to
you through Bank-To-Bank transfer.

Upon recovery of this fund, Payment APPROVAL ORDER has been issued by
the World Bank Group to have this fund transferred to you within the
next 5 working days. For immediate release of the fund to you, kindly
contact our payment Department on the below information together with
your full details:

Payment Department South Africa
Contact Person: Mr. William Jackson
Position: Fund Processing Manager
Office Email:
Private Email:
Direct Tel: +27 78-373-0314

Contact the above payment department as quickly as possible confirming
the fund with them and also requesting from them the procedures
required to receive your fund. As a security measure, Please ensure to
quote this Payment Reference Number “UN-IMF/104/2021” on the message
subject in your correspondence with the above office so that they can
locate your file easily and commence the transfer process of your

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Barbara Morrison
(Information Officer)
United Nations Fund Recovery Unit
Johannesburg, South Africa.

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