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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: "Mrs. Juliet Ferguson" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2023 09:17:21 +0200
Subject: Message About Your Unclaimed Fund

From: UN Fund Recovery Unit

Payment Ref: *UN/IMF/20FR23*

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

This letter is from the United Nations Fund Recovery Unit, newly appointed
by the United Nation secretary general, and the governing body of the
International Monetary Fund. This body was set up to Investigate/Recover
unpaid funds being owed to Governments/Individuals all over the world
through Contract Payment/Inheritance and Lottery Payment etc.

During our investigation, we discovered that your payment has been
unnecessarily delayed by some corrupt officials trying to divert your funds
into their private accounts for their personal use. We have discovered an
outstanding unclaimed sum of *US$5,000,000.00* *(Five Million United States
Dollars)* in your name, which was to be paid to you as the beneficiary.

Upon recovery of this fund, Payment Approval Order has been issued to First
National Bank of South Africa to commence immediate payment of your fund
via electronic wire transfer into your bank account. To facilitate the
release of the fund into your bank account, kindly contact *Mr. George Owen*
fund processing manager assigned to handle the release of the fund to you
on the below information:

*Foreign Payment Department*

Johannesburg, South Africa

Contact Person: *Mr. George Owen*

Position: Fund Processing Manager



Tel: +27 83 566 3330

*PLEASE NOTE*: Your correspondence to *Mr. George Owen* has the payment
reference number: Ref: *UN/IMF/20FR23* sent along with your *Full
Names,* *Country,
Occupation, Age* *,Tel/Mobile Numbers, Bank Account Details *and*
International Passport* *Copy* or *Driver’s License *for prompt attention.

Yours Sincerely,

Juliet Ferguson

Recovery Administrator, UN

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