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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: "United Nation Organization (UN)" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 18:56:38 +0100
Subject: Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of MRS. ROSE FRANK?????????

Attention Beneficiary,

How are you doing today? I am Mr. Miller Coker, from the United Nations
(UN) International organization. There are presently counter claims from
the Security Company here in EUROPE. on your behalf a claim file towards a
deposited consignment box to be claimed by MRS. ROSE FRANK, who is trying
to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you entered
into an agreement with her, to help you in receiving your unclaimed
deposited consignment box, So here comes the big question.

Did you sign any Deed of Assignment in favor of MRS. ROSE FRANK? thereby
making her the current beneficiary to the unclaimed deposited consignment
box. She has sent to us a claim file for the purpose of the Deposited
Consignment box as ( FAMILY TREASURE ) with the insurance value of USD
$15.5 Million on your behalf.

NOTE: If we don’t hear from you within the next 48 hours, we will not have
any other option than to proceed with the release of the deposited
consignment box request to her, as she is not aware that we have already
contacted you now for this confirmation, therefore, we shall be looking
forward to your prompt reply to this mail.

Thanks for your understanding and God bless you, waiting for your quick

Yours Faithfully.
Mr. Miller Coker,
United Nations (UN) International Organization.

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