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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: United Nations Compensation Settlement Scheme <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 06:08:32 +0000
Subject: United Nations Compensation Settlement Scheme

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination, In Affiliation with the World Bank Ref: U.N.O/W.B.O/09/2021.

Dear Beneficiary,

We have previously sent you emails in respect of your outstanding compensation payment which has since been assigned to you. We were going through your payment portfolio and came to a logical conclusion that you are yet to receive your Relief Compensation of Package for Second Quarter Reimbursement via certified ATM CARD. We must get you informed that your email was listed among those that are yet to receive their compensation payment. The United Nations in Affiliation with the World Bank have agreed to compensate each with the sum of USD1,500, 000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only.

For this reason, you are to receive your payment through a certified ATM CARD PAYMENT. Note, with this ATM Card you can withdraw money and also make payment anywhere in the World without any problem and please for no reason should you disclose your account information as your account information is not and can never be needed before you receive your card payment. To receive your ATM contact Mrs Mariam Hyun at Liberty Reserve Bank, PLC for clearification

Name: Mrs Mariam Hyun

Please ensure that you follow the directives and instructions of Mrs. Mariam Hyun so that within 24-72 hours you would have received your card payment and your secret pin code issued directly to you for security reasons. We apologize on behalf of the United Nations Development Coordination for any delay you might have encountered in the past.

Yours Faithfully,

Assistant Secretary General-General- Volker Turk
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)

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