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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: Info Dept <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:41:19 +0000
Subject: REF/PAYMENTS CODE: 03354.

AMOUNT : $3 Million USD

How are you today,You may not
understand why this mail came to you.

United Nations have been having a meeting for the past 3 months which ended 21th, July 2021 with the World Bank President Mr. David Robert Malpass and the U.S.A secretary of state Mr. Antony J. Blinken.Note This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, including African and the people that have lost their properties in the earthquakes and tsunami United Nations and World Bank have agreed to compensate them with the sum of $3 Million usd (Three Million United States Dollars) each,

Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team of
Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and this is why we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed. You are
advised to contact Mr. John C. Williams Of Federal Reserve Bank Of New York, as he is our representative, contact him immediately for your Fund cheque/International Bank Draft/ ATM Card of $3 Million usd (Three Million United States Dollars) This funds are in a Bank Draft/ATM so he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number with your correct mailing address,
where you want him to send the Draft/ATM to you.

Contact: Mr. John C. Williams immediately for your Fund:
Good-luck and kind regards,
UN making the world a better place

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