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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: "Mr. Antonio Guterres" <>
Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 20:40:28 -0700

OFFICE. Send a copy of your response to official email:

ATTN: Sir/Madam,

In regards to the recent series of meeting between the United Nations and the Government of several countries to restore the

dignity and Economy of Nations and also based on the agreement with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help

and make the world a better place for all with the sole aim of abolishing poverty, we send you this mail.

We have been having series of meetings for the past months which ended few days ago with the secretary to the UNITED NATIONS .This

email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS and the IMF have agreed to

compensate them with the sum of $750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) This includes every foreign contractors that

may have not received their contract sum, beneficiaries of Inheritance Funds and Lotto winnings as well as people that have had an

unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government policies etc.

Your name and email were in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team and this is why we are contacting you; this has been agreed

upon and has been signed and sealed.

You are advised to contact our representative Mr. Gilbert N. Mboweni, the Head of Operations, Debt Management Office immediately

for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of $750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars).

Note: This fund shall be paid through a Certified Bank Draft which he will send to you to be cashed anywhere in the world or an

online account will be established with a local bank on your behalf with your details for onward transfer to any bank of your

choice anywhere in the world and this process is for security purposes. You are therefore; advised to furnish his office with your

full contact details.

Please you are immediately to Contact Mr. Gilbert N. Mboweni, who is the Head of Operations of the Debt Management Office (DMO) on:

Goodluck and kind regards,

Mr. Antonio Guterres

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