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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.Mami Mizutori" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2023 13:05:31 +0100
Subject: Re: RELIEF / COMPENSATION FUND OF $1,500,000.00 USD

Attn: Beneficiary,

I am Dr.Mami Mizutori, the United Nations Special Representative for
Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). We are pleased to inform you that
United Nations organization department for disaster management, in
conjunction with IMF, is giving out humanitarian relief fund worth the
total sum of $1,500,000.00 USD, and your E-mail Address has been
selected among other's to receive this humanitarian fund.

The United Nations Humanitarian Fund is a UN inter-agency fund
mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help support low
and middle income people(s) to respond to the humanitarian crisis,
including an unprecedented socio-economic shock. The Fund’s assistance
programs 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 which attached to approved number (UNHMC-198619),
which consequently fall on our Chapter, therefore, you are advised to
reach our grant manager ( MR.ROBERT N. TAWONA ) at your earliest
convenient through his contact information's as stated below, to claim
your $1,500,000.00 USD relief support.

Name: Mr. Robert Nzeru Tawona
Email Address: ( )
Telephone: ( +229 ) 699 363 62

The information's required for the transfer of your Covid-19 Relief
fund, should include the following:

Given Name**
Residential/Office Address**
Phone Number**

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

Best Regards
Dr.Mami Mizutori.
Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

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