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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:

Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2023 02:14:07 -0700
Subject: United Nations Funds Investigation Unit

1775 K ST NW # 400 WASHINGTON D.C., DC 20006-1500, UNITED STATES
TEL/FAX: +229 6206 2824


This is to inform you that, we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have been able to track down so many of this
scam artist in various parts of African countries and Europe, which
includes (Nigeria, United Kingdom, Spain, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal)
and they are all in Government custody now, they will appear at
International Criminal Court (ICC) Hague (Netherlands) soon for
Criminal/Fraud Justice.

During the course of our investigation, we have been able to recover
so much money from these scam artists. The United Nations Anti-Crime
Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have ordered that
the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100 Lucky
people around the World for compensation. This Email/Letter is been
directed to you because your email address was found in one of the
scammer Artists file and computer hard-disk while the investigating,
maybe you have been scammed. You are therefore being compensated with
the sum of US$10, 500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United
State Dollars).

Therefore I advised you to contact the ( JPMorgan Chase Bank Agent )
who will transfer the fund to your bank account from Reserve Bank. We
have advised the Bank Agent to open a private email address with a new
number as to enable us to monitor this payment communications to avoid
further delay or misdirection of your fund.

Compensation Fund Dept.
(JPMorgan Chase Bank)
Contact Email:

Contact him now and forward the below details to him:

1. Full Name
2. Age
3. Occupation
4. Mobile Number
5. Country
6. State:
7. Home Address
8. WhatsApp Number

Yours in Service.
United Nations Funds Investigation Unit.

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