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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Ant=C3=B3nio_Guterres?= <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 09:17:17 -0700
Subject: Greetings from United Nations.

Greetings from United Nations.

I am Mr. António Guterres U N Secretary-General, I'm contacting you
concerning your long awaited compensate of scam Victim value sum of
US$5 million dollars only that forwarded here after meeting holding by
the great U N and World bank, Kindly contact Mr.Moussa Faki Mahamat
and provide your full name and home address so that you can receive
your fund through this office. It's our pleasure to compensate you
regarding your experience based of what is going on in this world
today by dishonest peoples that try to ripe where did not sow, the
fund that we have map out is with us now and you are advise to get
back to us with your full details as requested.

Person to Contact: Moussa Faki Mahamat
Phone: +229 53631972

Making the world a better place

Secretary-General António Guterres

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