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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. Eddy George"
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2023 14:48:52 -0700

Hello Beneficiary,

This letter is from United Nations Unpaid Payment Center newly
invented by the World Financial Service Authority United States Of
America/United Kingdom.

This body was set up to discover all outstanding unpaid fund being
owned by Governments, Companies or Individuals all over the world
through Contract Payment, Inheritance Payment, Consignment Payment and
Lottery Winning Prize Payment, your Email ID appeared among the
beneficiaries who will receive a part-payment of USD$5,000.000,00
(five million United State Dollars Only) which has been approved

It will interest you to know that we have discovered an outstanding
unpaid/unclaimed sum of money in favor of your name through Email ID and a mandate has
been given to this body, United States Unpaid Payment Center to ensure
that this fund gets to you without any delay. Note that a special
payment arrangement has been made with our paying bank to deliver
your funds worth of $5,000.000,00 through ATM CARD or transfer to your account.

Kindly contact our paying officer with email below with your delivery
information,Full Name, Delivery addess, Mobile Number, Any of your ID CARD immediately.

Name; Phillip Jones

Once we hear from you we shall commence your delivery.

Yours Truly,
Mr. Eddy George

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