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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: "INFO" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2022 02:30:15 -0800

United Nations Assisted Program - UK
Rue 2100, Cotonou Aéroport International,
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin" de Cotonou.

I am Mrs Sandra Leon, the newly appointed director General in
charge of approving & releasing all owed yet unpaid foreign payments
and also the special adviser to the United-Nation. You have been
selected through our computer ballot Your Consignment registration

I am delighted to inform you that the contract/Inheritance panel of
the UN/COVID19 Awarded Payment, which just concluded it’s seating in
London just released your (E-mail Id & Name) among the currently
approved beneficiaries who are to benefit 100% from this very
diplomatic 2nd quarter payment of the year. This panel was primarily
delegated to investigate all genuinely owed debts and claims as it
has been over due.

This package in a Golden metal box valued $5.5Million US (Five million
Five hundred thousand Us Dollars)has arrived Cadjehoun International
Airport Cotonou Benin Republic from Heath-row airport London Through
Diplomatic sealed.

At this moment, I wish to use this medium of communication to inform
you that for the time being the (UN) has completely stopped further
payment through bank to bank transfer, ATM Card, Bank Draft or Check
Payment due to numerous petitions received from the united states
home-land security, the FBI, IMF and other financial and security
agencies to UK Government against our banks on wrong payment and
diversion of innocent beneficiaries owed funds to a different
account,the diplomat agent already arrive in the Benin Republic with
your consignment box conveying the amount to be delivered to you.

Please reconfirm these information's : .
1. Your Full Name: .................
2. Your current address: ..........
3. Your phone number: ..............
4. Nearest airport to your location.........
5. Your Occupation: ...............

Contact the Delivery agent

Info below to speed up your Delivery Today.
Cadjehoun International Airport,
Rue 2100, Cotonou Aéroport International,
Cardinal Bernardin Gantin" de Cotonou.
Telephone/Whats App +22966509937.

Delivery Man Mr Peter Cruz

Respectfully Yours in-service,
Mrs Sandra Leon.
United Nation Compensation Assisted Program
Chief Executive On payment matters.

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