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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: "Mr.Mark Milly" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2023 00:30:03 +0100
Subject: ATM CARD

United Nations Liaison Office
Geneva Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10. Switzerland

Our Dear 2023 Beneficiary

The United Nations in cooperation with World Bank have agreed to
compensate you with the sum of One Million Two Hundred Thousand US
Dollars ($1.2) after your name and email was submitted by the Internet
International Monitoring Group during the UNCC Conference Meeting
which was held this 2021 edition with UN Secretary General
António Guterres in Geneva Switzerland. This payment Program is
organized for charity organization/Scam victims and development.

You have been selected among the (40) beneficiaries who will receive the
sum of $1.2USD, Credited to Online Bank ATM Card account that was set
up for you in the Bank and it has been approved for immediate delivery
to you.

Your urgent response to this email will help facilitate the onward
delivery of your ATM card to you, Contact Delivery officer Dr.
Usman Mohammed E-mail ( ) ( +229-6054-0293 )

Send to Him
Your Full Name,_________________
Address: Home, Or Office__________________
Tel: No,_______________
A scan Copy of You Identification__________

Mr.Mark Milly

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