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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: "UN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 01:02:42 -0700
Subject: Your Grant 244

405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY
United States of America.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Following the devastating economic effects of the pandemic,the UN and other humanitarian organizations collaborated to alleviate the situation.

We therefore organized an email Raffle Draw and luckily u were one of the winners .

Unfortunately the report we got was that you were not responding to them necessitating their request for a cancellation and reallocation of same.

My email to you was to confirm the veracity of the above claim

Yours faithfully,
Amina J. Mohammed
(UN Deputy Sec,Gen)

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