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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: "UNCPC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 23:26:14 -0700

Washington D.C USA.

Re: Compensation Payment Approval Notification!!

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,

Inline with the Corona-Virus Pandemic, the United Nations in collaboration with the World health Organization through the United States Department of the Treasury, have agreed to compensate you with the sum of One Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($1.7M) after your name and email were submitted by the Internet International Monitoring Group during the UNCC (United Nations Compensation Commission) Conference Meeting which was held today with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. This payment Program is organized for charity organization, unpaid government Contractors, Scam victims and for those who lost their properties/businesses during crisis.

To ensure the payment is release directly to the approved fund beneficiaries, this compensation commission has approved the payment through the following method, Online Banking Payment Release System and ATM MasterCard Payment Release System.

1. ONLINE BANKING PAYMENT RELEASE SYSTEM: This payment release method permits the paying bank to set up an Online Banking Account in your name after which the account login I.D and passcode will be issued to you for easy access of funds from the comfort of your home. With this payment Method, you can transfer a maximum amount of US$200,000.00 daily from your Online Banking Account to any account of your choice using your Online Banking Login details. This payment release option also gives you access to purchase goods online, paybills and other online banking payment options.

The Charges attached to this payment release option (ONLINE BANKING PAYMENT RELEASE SYSTEM) are as follows: (A) Online Banking Account Opening Fee: (B) Fund Transfer Authorization Clearance Fee: To complete your Online Banking opening process, you are required to submit your Full Name, Address, Date of Birth, Contact Telephone No, Occupation, Name of Next of Kin and a scanned copy of your passport photograph 200x200 in size.

2. ATM MASTER CARD PAYMENT RELEASE SYSTEM: The Paying Bank will deliver an ATM MasterCard worth US$1.7 Million United States dollars to your receiving address with the access code attached for easy access of funds as soon as the ATM MasterCard is delivered to your address. This payment release method gives you the opportunity of withdrawing a maximum cash sum of $100,000.00 daily from any ATM Machine any where in the world using your access code. You can also paybills, purchase goods using your approved ATM MasterCard.

The Charges attached to this payment release Option (ATM MASTER CARD PAYMENT RELEASE SYSTEM) are as follows: (A) ATM MasterCard delivery Fee: (B) Insurance Coverage Fee: (C) Custom Clearance Fee: To complete the Shipment of your approved ATM MasterCard you are required to provide your Full Name, Occupation, Receiving Address, Contact Telephone Number and a scanned copy of your I.D for identification by the delivery agent.

For further payment release instruction, you are urgently required to get back to us with your preferred payment release option along with your personal details attached to your preferred payment release option as explained above. Note: You will be required to pay the charges attached to your preferred payment release option to facilitate the release of your approved compensation sum of US$1.7 Million.

Thank you for your understanding and corporation.

Yours Faithfully

Mr. Kevin Rodman
United Nations Compensation Commission

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