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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: "Sophia Thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2023 07:34:43 -0700
Subject: Fund transfer of US$5,550,000.00 to your bank account


Good Morning,

We wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough
review of all unclaimed funds, lottery funds, Inheritance
and contract funds, etc. in conjunction with the auditor;s
reports sent to the united nation accounts department,
your payment file was forwarded to this office for
immediate transfer of US$5,550,000.00 to your bank
account, a compensation for your funds retarded.

The auditors reports shows that you have been going
through hard times to see the release of the fund into
your bank account, which has been by some delay dubious

We therefore advice you to stop further correspondence
with any officer or persons outside this office since you
have met up with the funds transfer requirements.

Should you follow our directives, your US$5,550,000.00
compensation will be credited to your bank account within
the next three (3) working days and copies of the fund
transfer release documents will be sent to you and your
bankers for confirmation.

For the immediate transfer of the US$5,550,000.00 to your
bank account, kindly contact Mrs. Patricia Robert today with
the below information; she will give you guidelines on how
to claim your fund.

Contact Name: Mrs. Patricia Robert

E-mail: (OR)

PLEASE NOTE: All correspondences to Mrs. Patricia Robert
have the reference number: Ref: UNDR/EFD550/SE sent along
with your Full Names and Telephone numbers for prompt

Yours sincerely,

Sophia Thomas
Grant Payment Officer - UNDP

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