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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. Lucas Thompson" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 22:25:19 -0700

United Nations Compensation Unit, In Affiliation with World/IMF
Our Ref:U.N/WBO.



You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having
a meeting for quit sometime now and we just came to a logical
conclusion few days ago in affiliation with

the World Bank president. This email is to few well listed people that
have been scammed in any part of the world, UNITED NATIONS in
Affiliation with WORLD BANK/IMF have agreed

to compensate scam victim listed with the sum of US$8 million Dollars
each, these includes every foreign contractors that may have not
received their contract sum and people

that have had an unfinished transaction or Inheritance fund and
lottery winning that failed due to Government problems or fraud act
etc. We found your email in the list of those

who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we
are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed
for the release of US$8million by ATM

Master CARD to you for your compensation.

You are advised to contact Mr Lucas Thompson. Contact him
immediately for the delivery of your ATM Card, therefore you are
advised to send him the bellow information to enable

him process the delivery.

1. Your Full name:
2. Your Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Telephone Number:
5. Marital Status:
6. Occupation:
7. Sex:
8. Age:

You are advised to Contact Mr. Lucas Thompson with your payment
code: 03354 at any of the given details below:

E-MAIL: ( )
Telephone no: +1 313 405 932 6

Good-luck and kind regards,
U.N making the world a better place

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