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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 23:25:39 +0100
Subject: Your ATM MasterCard Is Ready

World Bank Assisted Program
Directorate Of International
Payment And Transfer.
Debt Reconciliation/Audit Unit
United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.

Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX028 United Nations.

Dear Beneficiary,

We were authorized by the newly appointed United Nations Secretary General, and the Governing body of the United Nations Debt Reconciliation Unit, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and approved in your favor. During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank and Government regulatory organs in Nigeria, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, America, Canada, North America, and South America who are trying to divert your funds into their private accounts.

This is to bring to your notice that we are delegated from the UNITED NATIONS and HSBC To pay 50 people from your country as a result been a victim of Internet scam. The United Nations has decided to pay you Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) each. You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the lucky person to be paid this amount, so get back to this office as soon as possible for the immediate payment process of your Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) compensation funds. We have been having a meeting for the past Seven months which ended Three days ago with the former secretary to the UNITED NATIONS.

This email is to 50 selected lucky people of the countries that have been scammed or extorted money from because of their contract payment execution in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate them with the sum of Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) each. This includes every foreign contractors that may have not yet received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems or irregularities etc. We found your email in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and has been signed by the United Nations Board of Directors and Trustees from the WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMMED.

Be clarify that this fund has been approved in your favor and duly signed by the United Nations Financial Department, United Nations Board of Directors and Trustees from the WORLD BANK ASSISTED PROGRAMMED, and also note that your fund is programmed for payment/withdrawer via Automatic Teller Machine (ATM MASTERCARD)/INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD for security purpose and accessibility in any ATM machine all around the world, which we have authorize our Chief Protocol Officer, in charge of Dispatch Unit Rev. Fr. Paul Tochukwu to handle the delivery process of your ATM MASTERCARD to your home address. You are hereby advised without delay to stop all contact going on between you and anybody on Internet over the claim of your fund because you will end up at nothing with them as they have no fund for you and you must understand that we are here to ensure that you receive your fund without any furthr problem.

Be inform that a woman with the name Elizabeth Williams of 5.9 inches tall, with Log hair and white in color from the United States of America came to our office today claiming to be from you, stating that you are dead but before your abrupt death you made her your representative and authorized her as your legal beneficiary to claim your fund valued Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) only from this reputable commission. Now here comes the big question, did you sign any dead of assignment in favor of this woman, there by making her the current beneficiary with her following contact details: please let us know also if you are aware that we are almost ready to release/transfer the fund to her instruction.

Also be inform that the reason we welcome the woman application is because we sent you series of emails in this regards but you did not respond back to us, However, in the course of our routine secularization into our Dispatch Alert, we discovered that the document of your fund is intact and very much available that is while we decide to contact you again before carrying her instruction. Note that United Nations Board of Director have sign your Fund Payment through INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD in the favor of your name and hand it over to Rev. Fr. Paul Tochukwu Chief Protocol Officer, Dispatch Unit to delivery it to your home address, so you have to contact Rev. Fr. Paul Tochukwu in charge of your FUND/INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD delivery if you are still alive and not the one that authorize the woman to claim the FUND/INTERNATIONAL ATM CARD on your behalf, As he is our UNITED NATIONS departure representative in charge of delivery of Compensation FUND/INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD to Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, America, Canada, North America, and South America regions, contact him immediately for your INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD VALUED at Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$5,500,000.00. These funds are programmed into INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD for security purpose and accessibility in any ATM machine all around the world.

Contact information:

Rev. Fr. Paul Tochukwu
Chief Protocol Officer, Dispatch Unit .
Email: ( )
Direct Tel: +234-703-724-7108

Below is the Registration Information’s of your INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTERCARD and you are to provide this details to Rev. Fr. Paul Tochukwu when contacting him as evidence of receiving email from us as a beneficiary to this compensation fund.

ATM MASTERCARD NO" 4577 9328 2872 5324

As soon as you establish a contact with him, ensure that you provide a reconfirmation of your present address as below to the contact in other for the Officer to effect the change and Re-direct the parcel to your home address.

Full Name:
Phone Number:
Identification Card/Driver's License:

We expect your urgent attention to this email to enable us monitor this payment effectively. Most importantly we advise you to follow the instruction of Rev. Fr. Paul Tochukwu as we have assigned him to handle the process of the delivery of your INTERNATIONAL ATM CARD to your home address. Once you contact him, do follow up his instruction as he is the only person in charge of the deliver of your INTERNATIONAL ATM MASTER CARD to you without any further delay.

Yours Faithfully,

Secretary-General United Nations
Mr. Ban KI Moon
United State of America.

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