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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 <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 02:15:20 -0800
Subject: Attn: Hon Beneficiary It Is Very Urgent,,

United Nations Headquarter
Plot 617/618 Central Area District,
Diplomatic Zone, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Attn: Hon Beneficiary,

Good day.

I wish to notify you that the sum of US$3.5 million United States
Dollars only, has been approved to you.This action, was the final
resolution taken by United Nations/IMF to clear up all outstanding
debt by cutting all debt payments down to S$3.5million only to each
beneficiary. We have so far reconciled and have paid over 62
beneficiaries, who have had various problems receiving their payments
in the past. We have been able to ascertain the cause of some of these
delays, which was pointed to divert of beneficiary's funds by
officials of payment agencies or Banks. Fraudulent officials and banks
that unfeelingly extort money from beneficiaries.

All these problems have been removed and most beneficiaries whose
records have been submitted to us have been paid directly by (ATM Visa
card). Acknowledge receipt of this letter urgently and state in your
response to us how you want to receive this fund. Reply to this email:

You are to send your,

Full Name:
Telephone number:
Your correct mailing address:

I await your response.

Best Regards,
Dr. Kenny West
UN Payment Officer.

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