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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: "António Guterres (United Nations )" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 23:16:03 +0100

Dear beneficiaries of the fund!

In fact, the newly appointed Treasury Secretary and the United Nations Monetary Unit Board of Directors have been given a

mandate to investigate the uncalled funds long overdue in the United Nations government's basket, causing owners to be

confused by the idea of the use of investigative scammers. According to the data storage log of our system, your payment with

your email address is included in the list of 250 beneficiaries, which can be divided into the following categories:

Undelivered Lottery Fund / Unpaid Lottery Fund / Inheritance from Incomplete Transfer / Contract Fund.

To our dismay we found that your payment was unnecessarily delayed by corrupt bank employees trying to cheat your money,

resulting in many unnecessary losses and delays on your end. The United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

have decided to distribute all compensation funds through the card to 250 beneficiaries in North America, South America, the

United States, Europe and Asia and around the world. Visa ATM as it is a global payment technology that allows consumers,

businesses, financial institutions and governments to use digital currencies instead of cash and checks.

We arrange for your payment to be paid to you with a Visa debit card made out in your name and delivered directly to your

address by DHL or a courier service available in your country. If you contact us, we'll credit your Visa ATM card with US

$1.5m (One million, Five hundred thousand United States Dollars), allowing you to withdraw at least $10,000 a day from any

ATM in your country. Upon request, the limit can be increased to BRL 20,000.00 per day. In this regard, you should contact

the International Payments and Transfers Directorate and provide the requested information;

Your full name ================
Your country of origin ==========
Your home address ==========
Your City ===============
Your occupation ============
Your age ==================
Your gender ===================
Your phone number =============
Copy of passport / DNI ========
Your personal email address ======

Use this code (Ref: CLIENTE-966/16) as the subject of your email for identification and try to pass the above information on

to the following Visa Multibanco card issuing and delivery staff;

We advise the bank agent to open a private email address with a new number to verify this payment and transfer communication

to avoid further delays or hijacking of the funds. Contact ZENITH BANK PLC for Africa now at:

Contact: Mr. CHRIS LUCAS
Clearing Transfer Department (ZENITH BANK PLC)
Contact Email:
Phone Number: 234-082-989-9132

We urgently await a response to this email to avoid further delays.


António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General

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