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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: "Dr. Dan Miller" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2023 13:13:21 +0100
Subject: Re: RELIEF / COMPENSATION FUND OF $1,500,000.00 USD

Attention: Beneficiary,

I am Dan Miller, the Director of Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. I wish to inform you that the United Nations Organization
Department for Disaster Management, in conjunction with International
Monetary Funds (IMF), are giving out humanitarian relief funds worth
the sum of $1,500, 000.00 USD, and your e-mail address were selected
among other's to receive this humanitarian funds.

The United Nations humanitarian relief funds is a UN inter-agency
funds mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help
support low- and middle-income people(s) to respond to the pandemic
and its impacts, including an unprecedented socio-economic shock. The
Fund’s assistance targets those most vulnerable to economic hardship
and social disruption around the world.

We are delighted to inform you that due to mixed up of names and
numbers, your email attached to approved number UN6MM020/HMRF-22,
which consequently fall on our Chapter, therefore, you are advised to
contact the United Nations humanitarian relief funds Coordinator ( Mr.
Robert TAIWO ), to claim your $1,500, 000.00 USD.

Name: Mr. Robert TAIWO
Email Address: ( )
Telephone & WhatsApp: ( +229 ) 528 41163

The information's required to process the transfer of your United
Nations humanitarian relief funds should include the following:

1. Full Name :
2. Address :
3. Nationality :
4. Direct Telephone #:

NOTE: that the amount to be paid to you is ( $1,500, 000.00 USD ), we
are expecting your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor
the transaction effectively.

Best Regards
Dan Miller
Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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