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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: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 14:03:47 +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 Nation have approved a compensation payment of $750,000.00 USD
to you for the inconvenience regarding covid-19 pandemic.

Your fund will be credit into your online bank account once we receive
below details and a scan copy of your Id card or International

1.Your Id card or International passport.....
2.Your Full name.............
3.Your whats App number................
4.Your residential Address
5.Your Country.......................

Yours in Service

Unit Manager United Nation,
Dr Fred Williams.

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