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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. Adam Doe" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Adam Doe" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2022 13:33:12 +0800 (WITA)
Subject: Compensation Fund Payment Center

Dear Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that your name has been enlisted to compensate for earthquake and tsunami disasters, flood triggered the meltdown, infection, and illness of any kind, accident medication support, disability physically challenges, loss of job, Scam Victims, Air crash victims, Covid-19 victims/Affected families, relatives, and pensioner, etc of compulsory compensation fund of Nine Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars (US$930,000.00) allocated per person in your country. The compensation includes financial relief to help citizens and the residents that were displaced to rebuild their personal lives, Career, business, infrastructures, etc.

This program is launched by the U.N. Compensation Commission (UNCC) and supported by World Bank (IMF) and the payment will be processed and ready for payment via swift transfer or unlimited ATM CARD which you can cash /withdraw your funds daily from your country and any other country you may travel to. And your details are to be forwarded to the bank information below for payment and processing authorized for your payment.

You can view the above link for some information about the Compensation, reply immediately Should you follow our directives, your funds will be credited and reflected in your bank account within five (5) banks working
days from the day you obtain this Affidavit of Claim Certificate.

For further details and assistance on this Remittance Notification, kindly forward the below information


Kindly contact with your information to this below email address for proceeding. E-mail:

Mr. Adam Doe
Personnel Manager.


The information contained in this message is confidential and solely intended for the individual or entity to whom it is addressed, or authorized to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, you are hereby notified that any disclosure of this communication, copying, distribution, or taking action in reliance on the contents

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