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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.Anthnio Guterres" <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 11:08:59 +0100
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary.

Attn: Beneficiary.
We write in regards to your delayed Contract/Inheritance Funds in the
sum of Eight Million Five Hundred United States Dollars
(US$8,500,000.00) which you are

yet to receive as a result of your inability to raise the required
fee(s) to conclude your Transaction.
The United Nations has decided to proffer a solution that will make it
easier for all the Beneficiaries to receive their Funds. We understood
that some Fees

are required in order process and Transfer your Funds into your
Account. We are also aware that most Beneficiaries do not have these
required fees.
We have therefore deliberated with the Bank in charge of this payment
to allow Beneficiaries the privilege of receiving their Funds in two
(2) or three (3)

installments. In this case, Beneficiaries will no longer be required
to pay the fee at once but part of it depending on the number of
installments such

Beneficiary will like his/her Funds to be released to him/her.

Write the Bank and request that you want your fund to be transferred
to your account by installments payment,(ATM & Wire transfer) so that
once the first

payments enters into your account you can then use money from there to
facilitate the transfer of the remaining balance, once the first
installments enters

into your account withdrawal from your account by Online transfer procedure.

The Federal Reserve Bank USA. in Pennsylvania USA which is now in
charge of your Payment has agreed to give the Beneficiaries the option
of receiving their

Funds at once, in two or three installments. Therefore, you should
send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing
What a shame and embarrassment? If actually, you have spent money to
execute this contract and have spent money in the hands of the
fraudsters and impostors

without achieving your goal in receiving this fund, what stops you
from giving out one chance benefit of doubt and sacrifice with this
token fee to see your

fund payment successfully completed?
This will help the beneficiaries to pay part of the fee and receive
part of their Funds with which such beneficiary can upset the
remaining fee and receive

his/her complete Funds.
To break this down:
One Hundred Dollars ($100) fee will facilitate the release of One
Million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000.00) only. Two Hundred
Dollars ($200) fee will

facilitate the release of Two Million United States Dollars
(US$2,000,000.00) only.

Three Hundred Dollars ($300) fee which is the total fee will
facilitate the release of your Full Contract/inheritance Funds in the
sum of Eight Million,

Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$8,500,000.00).
However, Feel free to inform us how much you can raise should you
cannot afford any of the above Mentioned installment so as for us to
talk to the Bank to

know how much out of your Funds they could release to you with the
amount you can come up with.

This is the best the United Nations can do for you and you are advised
to take advantage of this opportunity. Kindly, Get back to me
immediately with your

option so that i will forward you the contact person at the paying
Bank . to indicate your preferred option.
Contact Person: Sam David

NOTE: Do not be shy to indicate the amount you have in hands (no
proper-amount is so small to trigger installments-payment base on our
discussion with the

Bank) so that the first payment will move to your account for you to
confirm the existence of the fund before your proceed for the balance.
Best Regards.

From Mr.Anthnio Guterres UN Secretary

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