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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. Elliott Carlton Harris" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2022 15:06:57 +0200
Subject: Re: Your Approved overdue Payment./

Attn sir/madam

Good day to you. I pray this mail finds you in a perfect health condition. My name is Mr. Elliott Carlton Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General. I wish to inform you that the United Nation Trust Fund in collaboration with the Compensation Award Committee (CAC) has approved your long overdue payment on your behalf as instructed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This payment is allocated to scam victims, past lottery winners and contract inheritance overdue payments which your name was listed among the beneficiaries. This is why we have decided to contact you directly for this claim and make your mind ready to receive your funds.

You will be receiving your long overdue compensation payment in the amount of $ 2,750,000,00 only which includes the accrued interest from the payment officer.

Kindly respond to the payment officer providing the accurate details to help locate your payment file and serve you better.

**Payment officer: Mr. David Levens

** Beneficiary Full Name:
** Beneficiary Current Address:
** Beneficiary City/State:
** Beneficiary Telephone Number(s):

** Beneficiary Payment Reference Number (PRN): SBC- W74288001#47
** Bank Name: Metro Sbc Bank

Make sure you use your (PRN): SBC- W74288001#47 as your subject for immediate attention.

Congratulations once more.

Mr. Elliott Carlton Harris
UN Assistant Secretary-General
Chief Economist Department of Economic
and Social Affairs United Nations

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