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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: Mathew Bowen <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2021 12:12:03 +0100
Subject: Compliment of the day my dear

From the Desk of
Mr. Mathew Bowen

Compliment of the day my dear,

We write to inform you that your ACCUMULATION COVID-19 RELIEF FUND
valued US$1.5M (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) has been scheduled and
will be release to you after due process. It is also important to note
that from our records that you are required to confirm your
information to the accredited office African Union Payment Clearing
Center for verification and authenticity of the formal information.

The United Nations in collaboration with African Union Payment
Clearing Center has been instructed to use the approved Foreign
Exchange Allocation Order (FEAO) to
clear all outstanding payment with immediate effect, with the help of
our Payment Officer Mr. Peter Green. It's more legalized manner and
approved by the United
Nations, for you to communicate with African Union Payment Clearing
Center in the person of Mr. Green to ensure your payment file is
process in accordance with the specified instructions from the United

You are hereby advice to contact the Mr. Peter Green for final
processing and release your payment.

Contact Person: Mr. Peter Green
Phone number: 00229-99273182

You will either receive your funds through Swift Transfer, Certified
International Bank Draft Cheque Or ATM Master Card. Be inform that any
option you choose has an
official charge to process your transfer.

Below are the given options to choose:

(1) Swift Transfer: Minimum of 5 business days

(2) ATM Master Card: 7days

(3) Certified Bank Draft / Cheque 7days

NOTE: The Official Charge can't be deduct from the principal amount
due to the Irrevocable Insurance Policy (IIP) associated with your
fund from International Monitory

Fund Unit (IMF).

This is subject you can discuss with Mr. Peter Green by quoting the
following reference to him (UN-AU33NO22/019). To this end, we urge you
to establish contact with Mr. Green to make necessary arrangements for
the payment of your funds.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Mathew Bowen
UN Information Officer

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