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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: OFFICE <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 08:40:41 +0100
Subject: GOOD NEWS,


This is to inform you that the United Nations Compensation Commission
is paying the sum of FIVE MILLION, UNITED
STATES DOLLARS (USD5M) to individuals who are yet to receive their
Fund. The Panel of Commissioners reviewed and evaluated the claims
submitted by governments, International organizations, companies, and
individuals. This claim is for production and financial losses as a
result of damages caused by the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, overdue contract
payment, Lottery awards, Next-of-kin, etc.

Kindly get back to us and let us know which category is your unpaid
Fund. Also, indicate if you have received your fund or not. If you
have not received your Fund kindly respond with the following details,

Email: ( )

1) Complete Name:
2) Address:
3) Phone Number:

Best Regards,

For United Nations
Compensation Commission (UNCC Professional Service.

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