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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 NATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2021 01:45:13 -0800

Attn:Beneficiary ,

How are you doing? We have been having a series of meeting for the past seven months which ended two days ago with the World Bank Board of Directors, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General in the person of Dr. Antonio Guterres and have agreed to compensate the affected persons with the sum of Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (USD5.5M). This category of person's includes all Victims of Fraud/scams around the world and All Foreign contractors that have not received their contract sum till date, and beneficiaries of inheritance funds or Lottery prize winners around the world who have been wrongfully denied their fund payments from banks or financial institutions around the world, including people who have had an unfinished transactions and international businesses which failed due to various unfair government policy or financial irregularities etc.

We are happy to inform you that your name has been enlisted among the qualified beneficiary of the USD5.5M compensation fund payment and that is why we are contacting you to come forward and receive your compensation fund urgently.

Therefore, be informed that a World Bank Financial Expert/Attorney and a diplomat has been appointed to use his wealth of experience on international Financial matters to secure the immediate release of your USD5.5M compensation fund payment within 72 hours and you should contact the World Bank Financial Attorney now with your information below and give Him your payment approval file reference number (WB/UN/IMF/0817) with your full information below:

Your Names:................
Your Address:..............
Your Telephone Number:.....
Your Mobile Number:........
Your Occupation:...........
Your Date of Birth:...........

Send to his contact email below:

The name of the world bank financial expert/attorney/diplomat you are going to contact his: Diplomat Kareem Yada.

Address: Lagos-Nigeria.


The Choice is now yours to make, as Diplomat Kareem Yada; the World Bank Financial Expert is now waiting for your Urgent response so that he can commence action on the release of your fund without any further delay.

We wish you all success.


Williams Frank.

Compensation Settlement Cordinator
United Nations.

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