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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: "Mr. Yuri Viktorovich Fedotov" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Yuri Viktorovich Fedotov" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:09:32 -0600 (CST)
Subject: RE

OurReff: 3447181146UNCPRO
Attention: Beneficiary.
This letter is to inform you officially that United Nations board of
Trustee on humanitarian aids, have been having series of meetings for
the past seven months with the Secretary-General to UNITED NATIONS, to
compensate Scam victims. We hereby formally inform you that you are
among selected Scammed Victims (Victims of crime and Fraud) around the
world. The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you and other
individuals with the sum of US$400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars Only) each due to a scam you went through in the

This initiatives includes every foreign contractors and Lottery
Winners that may have not received their money, and people that have
had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed
due to Scams activities and Government problems etc. We found your
name in our list hence we contacted you, it has been agreed upon and
signed to compensate you and other selected Scammed Victims without

You are advised to contact our representative (Mr.Kuben Naidoo) on
below contact details immediately for your International Bank transfer
of USD$400,000.00. These funds are in an escrow account of the United
Nations for security purposes. Mr.Kuben Naidoo will process and
release your fund immediately and give him all the details he needs.
Send the information as follow
Full Name: ____________
Address: _____________
Nationality: _____ Sex________
Age: _____ Date of Birth: ______
Phone: _______ Fax: _____________
Ref number: _____________
Occupation: ___________________
Scan copy of your ID card or Driving License/Photo: _____
Mr.Kuben Naidoo the Deputy Governor South African Reserve Bank
Group Chief Executive HSBC Bank Plc London.
Copyright 2019/2020 HSBC Bank Plc London Diplomatic Compensation Payment.
This is another way the United Nations is making our world a better place
one person at a time. We hope to hear from you as soon as you receive
this information. Contact his Assistant:
Mr.Yuri Viktorovich Fedotov
(Executive Director of United Nations Office on Crime)

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