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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:

Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:15:45 +0200

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Development Coordination, In
Affiliation with World Bank.

Dear Beneficiary,

We have previously sent you emails in respect of your outstanding
compensation payment which has since been assigned to you. We were going
through your payment portfolio and came to a logical conclusion that you
are yet to receive your 2021 Covid-19 compensation payment.

We must get you informed that your email was listed among those that are
yet to receive their compensation payment. The United Nations in
Affiliation with World Bank have agreed to compensate each with the sum of
USD1,500, 000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)

For this reason, you are to receive your payment through a certified ATM
CARD PAYMENT. Note, with this ATM Card you can withdraw money and also make
payment anywhere in the World without any problem and please for no reason
should you disclose your account information as your account information is
not and can never be needed before you receive your card payment.

Contact Name: Dr. Marius Rademeyer

Please ensure that you follow the directives and instructions of Dr. Marius
Rademeyer so that within 24-72 hours you would have received your card
payment and your secret pin code issued directly to you for security
reasons. We apologize on behalf of the United Nations Development
Coordination for any delay you might have encountered in the past.

Yours Faithfully,

Assistant Secretary General-General- Volker Turk
United Nations for Strategic Coordination


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