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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. Abdulla Shahid" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:56:09 +0100
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary

you. A joint meeting was held by the United Nations top officials with the
Senate Committee on Foreign Debts Reconciliation and Implementation Panel
on Beneficiary/Inheritance fund under category concerning all the scam
victims worldwide, which was addressed and headed by the two bodies. It
became imperative to contact you on the subject matter. This email is to
all the people that have been scammed or extorted money from due to advance
fee fraud, the UNITED NATIONS, the World Bank and Federal Bureau of
Investigation(FBI) have agreed to compensate each and everyone of you, with
the sum of $3,500,000.00. This includes every foreign contractor/Next of
kin and people that have had an unfinished transaction or International
businesses that failed due to Government problems or irregularities. In the
meeting it was concluded that all potential Compensation beneficiary fund
should be credited into by opening an online account banking to the
beneficiary , with a sole charge of $220.00 for the passing of the Bill by
the United Nations Board of trustees and by the United States Congress and
also for online banking account opening registration respectively.It
becomes paramount to contact you on the subject matter for you to be
careful from the kind of email you attend to now and onward, because if you
missed this opportunity, I will not attend to your issues again. Do what's
right. Don't sit around and wait for someone else to do the right thing
first.Your name is in our list and that is why we are contacting you, it
has been agreed upon and has been signed by the United Nations Board of
Directors and The World Bank Trustees. You have to contact Mr. William
Demchak (CEO, PNC Bank New York) he is our Bank payment agent, contact him
immediately for your compensation payment through an Online Banking
Transfer.Send him your Full Name, addresses , telephone Number and Whatsapp
Number as well as telling him your file Reference Number below
(RE-0809_G). Contact contact Mr. William Demchak (CEO, PNC Bank New
York)Email: <>Phone: (601)

*Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your compensation
$3,500,000.00 payment. You are free to email me, if you have any
questions. Regards,Mr. Abdulla ShahidPresident of the United Nations
General Assembly*

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