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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: UN 2022 Payment <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2022 05:54:38 +0100
Subject: United Nation Compensation Team



United Nation Compensation Team

REF: online splash compensation.


We (United Nation Compensation Team) proudly announce! that your E-MAIL account
has been luckily selected among the Three lucky winners in U.N
Compensation 2022 your email id won the sum of ($500,000.00USD) in
the Beginning of the year 2021/2022, U.N Compensation automatic random
selection. Your winning pin is UN22/2022/5849QWC . Note you are to
keep your pin confidential for security reasons.

Kindly forward below details to us for more directions.

(**) Your Full names:
(**) Your Telephone Number
(**) Your Contact address:
(**) Your Occupation:
(**) Your Country:
(**) Your Age & Sex:
(**) And your lucky number above:

United Nation Finance Department.
Mr. Omar Bin Ismail
Tel: +19172682005

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