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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. Susan Dansuki" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 09:04:44 +0100
Subject: Re:YOUR COMPENSATION FUND OF $1,500,000.00 USD

Attn: Beneficiary,

Good day to you and your family. In wake of global economic crisis
caused by Covid-19 pandemic, we wish to bring you the good news of
hope. I am Mrs. Susan Dansuki, the United Nations Resident Director of
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is to inform
you that you have been selected to receive a United Nation's
Humanitarian fund for Covid-19, worth the sum of $1.5 Million. The
selection process was carried out through the United Nations (UN)
computerized email selection system, from a database of over
79,980,000 email addresses, obtained from all continents of the world,
which your email address is included.

The United Nation's Humanitarian fund for Covid-19 is a UN
inter-agency fund mechanism, established by the United Nation's
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 assistance targets those most
vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption around the
world. You are hereby advised to contact our grant manager ( Mr.Robert
TAWONA ), with the below contact information, to receive your
$1.500,000.00 USD.

Contact Person: Mr. Robert N. TAWONA
E-mail Address: ( )
Telephone: (+229) 99 59 94 12


1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Address:
3. Your Telephone:
4. Your Country:

NOTE: that the amount to be paid to you is (USD1.500, 000.00), we
expect your urgent response to this email to enable us monitor the
transaction effectively.

Best Regards
Mrs. Susan Dansuki.
(UN) Resident Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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