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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: Ms Dessy Bahadudin <>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2021 11:44:46 +0100
Subject: United Nations Compensation ($1,950,000.00 USD),

United Nations Compensation ($1,950,000.00 USD),
From:, Special Envoy to
Secretary-General António Guterres
Contact US Bureau of Diplomatic Security
United Nations Compensation Commission

Attention: Beneficiary.

all the people that have been victims of Financial crisis due to Covid-19
in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with Bank
Societe General Benin, have agreed to compensate you with the sum of One
Millions Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars
($1,950,000.00 USD), for self support.This is regarding the draws he
organized before he left the office to help individuals to own a self
charity organization also for your to build your Personal
Company/organization so as to help the less privileged in their society.

This includes every foreign contractor that may have not received their
contract, inheritance sum, and people that have had an unfinished
transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government and
Covid-19 problems and the World financial Crisis etc. We found your name
in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercises
and that is why we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has
been signed via ATM CARD . You are advised to contact DHL Courier service
, as he is our DELIVERY representative.

These funds are deposited in an ATM card for security purposes to avoid
another fraud?Therefore, you should send him your full Name... telephone
number.... Postal Address..., PassPort or Driver's License... where you
want the Card to be delivered to. Contact Mr. Dennis immediately at the
given address below: DHL office Benin Branch

Company Name: DHL courier Service
Contact John Chiugo
PHONE: +229 99 85 73 20
E-mail:* <>*

I apologize on behalf of my organization for any delay you might have
encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you
and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive the CASH
DELIVERY , Making the world a better place.

Mr. Joh
Office of Secretary-
General António Guterres
Financial officer
United Nations..

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