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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: "(U.N Compensation Unit)" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 18:45:25 -0800
Subject: U/N Approved Payment for-ATM CARD Code:(EA2948-910)

Attention Beneficiary:

This is to bring to your notice that I am a delegate from the United Nations to The IMF/FBI/EFCC/ORDERED/ (U.N Compensation Unit) West Africa Regional payment Office. I have been instructed to pay 521 scam victims $5,500.000.00USD (Five million five hundred thousands Dollars only) each Through an ATM Gold Debit Card. You are listed and approved for this payment on this faithful recommendations.

I want you to know that during the last U.N. meetings held in (ASIA/AFRICA), it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lost of funds by various individual to scam artist operating in syndicates all over the world today.

At this point you are advise to Re-furnish us with your Details to enable us commence the release of your ATM Gold Debit Card Valued of $5,500.000.00USD. We wait your
immediate response with the information below:


Please you are advice to stop any communication with any person or Body that you are currently dealing with!

Yours faithfully,

Dr Donald Nkrumah

Tele: +1(540)9136790 add me on Whatapp or you can call or send me an sms.

Dr Donald Nkrumah
United Nation Representative.

Note: Disregard any email you get from impostors or offices claiming to be in Possession of your Payment/ATM GOLD CARD FUND, you are advised only to be in contact with

Dr Donald Nkrumah by email him ( (U/N Representative) of the ATM CARD CENTER who is the rightful person you are suppose to deal

with regarding your ATM CARD PAYMENT and forward any email you get from impostors to this office so we could act on it for subsequent investigation.

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