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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: Thu, 26 May 2016 16:12:36 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

United Nations (UN)
Directorate of International Debt Reconciliation & Compensation Commission
Headquarters (New York): First Avenue, 46th street
New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax: (212) 745 9316.

Our Ref: UN/IRD/XXIFCXX/021/16


All Protocols Observed.

Dear Valued Beneficiary,

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Security Council. It was established in accordance with Security Council resolutions 687 (1991) and 692 (2010) to process claims and pay compensation to individuals, corporations, and international organizations whose funds have been unlawfully held in arrears by foreign governments.

The Commission have received approximately 70 thousand claims and concluded its review of all claims. The Commission has made available to International Finance Corporation (IFC) approximately $52.4 Billion for distribution to successful claimants in all categories. Funds to pay these debts are drawn from the government's reserve account with the World Bank. The Commission monitors the distribution of payments to claimants by the relevance of the IFC, who are obligated to distribute funds to successful claimants expeditiously and report back to the Commission on such distribution.

We know you have all experienced a very stressful period in recent years in your bids to reclaim your inheritance funds which have been held in arrears by these foreign countries. The challenges we face today are many, and our resolves is strong as we are determined to make progress on the pressing issues of our time, step by step, by working with the affected individuals and civil society at large to reconcile and repatriate all funds owed to our valued world citizens.

To deal with these claims in an efficient, fair and impartial manner, the commission employed where necessary, a variety of internationally recognized techniques for processing claims, including computerized matching of claims and verification information. The claims in categories "A", "B" and "C" that were filed during the regular filing period have been fully processed and successful claimants have already received full payment of their claims in these categories. The outstanding claims in this category include your payment and other late-filed claims accepted for filing pursuant to the decisions of the governing council of the UN.

With respect to the provision Section 17 of decree 114 of the 1999 constitution, you have been approved to receive a totaled sum of $3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only, through the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The above sum shall be upgraded into an Automated Teller Card (ATM) and shall be sent to you after due verification by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). With this mode of payment, you can make withdrawal in any ATM location/merchants nearest to you. We believe with this method of payment, you are sure to receive your fund promptly, securely, and unconditionally.

Therefore, the UNCC are dedicated to providing you with safe, secure and reliable transactions and prompts payouts. However, we have adopted variety of mechanisms and precautions to fully protect you against fraud and theft.

In view of this development, we would appreciate if you would reconfirm your personal data in the format shown below for administrative convenience:

1) FULL NAME: ______________________________
2) YOUR VALID ADDRESS: ___________________________
3) PHONE & MOBILE NUMBERS: _______________________
4) PROFESSION: ________________________
5) MARITAL STATUS: ______________________________
6) DATE OF BIRTH: ______________________________
7) NATIONALITY: ______________________________
8) OTHER EMAIL: ______________________________

After receiving the above data from you, we shall connect you directly to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) who would act as intermediary between you and the ATM card issuing bank, to salvage your overdue fund from Nigeria.

Note also that such floating account would be liquidated if we do not hear from you within 14 business days from the date of this letter. Thank you for patience and anticipated cooperation. We appreciate your confidence, hard work and shall look forward to working with you and providing you with these exciting new services. If you have any questions or concerns, please kindly email us back and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you and Congratulations!

Yours in service,
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United Nations: We the peoples... A stronger UN for a better world.

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