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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: U N C P <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 10:25:57 +0100
Subject: About Your Compensation payment,

United Nations Headquarters New York
Address: New York, NY 10017, USA
Your payment File Number: (wp195uno)
Ref Code: (2921-9121)


Good day to you and your family, my name is Mr. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations; I am contacting for the last
time to let you know that it has severally come to our notice board
that you have not been able to received your compensation payment of
$2.5M which has been approved by the UN and World Bank authority since
early this year and this payment will be closing by next week ending

So If you have not been able to contact the paying bank I will advice
you to do that now with your Payment File and Ref Number: (2921-9121)
(wp195uno) and full your full information’s so that they will tell you
what next to do and how to receive your payment to avoid been
cancelled by the authority next week,

All the back up certificates has been issued and signed in your name
to proof you are the real beneficiary of the said fund and the
certificates has been forwarded to the paying bank so contact them now
and follow there directive to enable you claim your compensation
payment before it will be too late,

Contact Person: Mr. Allen D. Merrill,
Position: Consultant/ Payment Depts. CSM

Thanks for your understand

Best regards,
Mr. António Guterres
Secretary-General of the
United Nations

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