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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: "Mr.David Werfel" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 19:48:45 -0800
Subject: Your Package Release within 48 hours,!!!

Attention Dear,

How are you doing today? I Am here writing to inform you that you’re ATM Card Package Which Contains Your Unclaimed Compensation Payment worth of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($5.5 Million, US Dollars) From the United Nations Fund Compensation Unit office signed to deliver to you by United Nations Agent Mr. Leon R. Fox has been there for a long time now.

I write to let you know that after the meeting 2 days ago with the Internal Revenue Service we conclude the release of your Package, therefore be advice to contact the UN Agent Mr. Leon R. Fox to receive your package within 48 hours, as it has been Instructed, Email him with this email address( Call Phone: +1 (520)815-4439

Reconfirm your delivering information to him for immediate delivery to you within 48 hours.

Please reconfirm these information's;
1. Your Full Name;..........
2. Your current address;................
3. Your phone number;................
4. Nearest airport to your location..................
5. Your Occupation;....................
6, Your Country.........................

United Nations Authorized Shipping Center®
(UN)Headquarters: Washington, D.C,
Chief Officer Mr.David Werfel

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