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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Mr=2E_Ant=C3=B3nio_Guterres?= <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 06:38:56 -0700


This is to inform you, that your name was among the 18 listed
beneficiaries to benefit from this last batch on overdue Scam victims
compensation payment for the year 2021.

The payment was approved after the meeting held on 22 November with
(G20) and (UN) on World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2021 and it was
sign that 18 listed beneficiaries will receive US$1,000,000.00 each as
their overdue scam victim compensation payment and your name and
contact email was included as one of the beneficiary, So contact Mr.
Steven Schnall Of Quontic Bank Of New York to receive your approved
compensation payment.

Person to contact: Mr. Steven Schnall (Quontic Bank CEO)

Note instruction have been given to Quontic Bank Of New York to
release your Scam victims compensation Fund US$1,000,000.00 to you VIA
direct transfer or by ATM CARD.

Yours In Service
UN Secretary General

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