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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: Tony Adams <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 05:14:46 -0700
Subject: YOUR UNDP COMPENSATION...13/04/2023!!!

Dear Beneficiary

I am Tony Adams of the United Nations. You are informed that you are
among the lucky persons whose email address is to benefit $1,500,000
US dollars from United Nation Development Program (UNDP). It will
interest you to know that We have been having series of meetings with
Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of United Nations in order to
compensate SCAMMED VICTIMS and to make the world a better place for
those that lost their jobs,families ETC to COVID-19 PANDEMIC .

Therefore, you are requested to contact our chief compensation
officer, Mr.Jones Raymond and get your payment released with immediate
effect. Kindly send your reply and forward your full details to him

Send to us the following details:
1.Full name and Contact address
2.Telephone number.
4.Country of origin
5.Marital status

Preferred choice of receiving payment:
(A) Certified Bank Draft:
(B) ATM Card:
(C) Bank to Bank Transfer:
(D) Online Banking Payment

Take care and God bless you

Best Regards
Mr Tony Adams
United Nations

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