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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: Dr Fred Williams <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 10:44:12 +0100
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary:

United Nation (Anti-Fraud Unit)
Address:Palais des Nations,
1211 Genève, Switzerland
BATCH: 807-20920-550/188

Attn: Beneficiary:

The United Nations has proposed and deposited your over-due
compensation payment of US$3.700,000.00 with United Nation subsidiary
offices in regional zones. This is regarding to the draws of the
Secretary General Mr António Guterres organized on his visit to some
part of the regions last Month to help individuals/Scam victims and
charity organization, which your name/email was listed among those who
are to be benefited from this compensation exercise.

The United Nation subsidiary, Resource control management team, will
be waiting to hear from you, the payment of US$3.700,000.00 has been
programmed and to pay through wire Transfer, Bank Draft,
and upon your response, we shall commence all about the signing and
approval in your name with Registration Reference No:
MFNG/UNSWEDEN/2020/2021. with the World Bank

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Kindly get back to this office with your details as listed below.

Your Full Names
Your Direct phone Number:
Your Current Home Address:
Your Personal ID

Your faithfully,.

Resource control management team,
Dr Fred Williams

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