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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 Antonio Guterres" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2022 12:11:02 -0700
Subject: Attention Scam Victims!!!

United Nations Headquarters, New York City: See 1292
Address: 405 E 42nd St, 1st Avenue,
New York City, NY 10017-3507
United Nations Secretary General.
Attention Scam Victims!!!
This is to bring to your notice that the United Nations and the US Department of Treasury in collaboration with Asian Development Bank, has officially approved the sum of {US$2,500,000.00 USD} after the meeting held on the 18th January 2022 in United Nations Head Office New York City.
Note: This email only comes to those who are yet to receive their inheritance/winnings/compensation and who have been scammed in any part of the world, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments claim that failed due to Government problems etc. The UNITED NATIONS and the World Bank Group has agreed to compensate you with the Sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United states Dollars Only {US$2,500,000.00USD} in order to restore the global economy to the enviable standard of respectability.
The 19 people were selected across the Globe for this New Year International Compensations payments Your email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers, so you are advised to contact the authorize paying BANK OF United Bank For Africa {UBA} with their contact address: ( for the immediate release of your Fund as a Compensation Approved fund.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr Antonio Guterres,
United Nations Secretary General.

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