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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. Antonio Guterres" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:06:58 +0200
Subject: United Nations Compensation Settlement..

Attention: Beneficiary,
We are authorize by 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 that your LotteryWinning Inheritance payment Compensation 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.
Be advice that we are mandated by the UNITED NATIONS and HSBC To pay 19 people from your country as a result of they Lottery Winning Inheritance payment Compensation as victim of Internet scam. The United Nations and HSBC has agreed to pay you Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($8,500,000.00) 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 Eight Million  Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($8,500,000.00)
Lottery Compensation funds.
Note, that this message is for 19 selected lucky people of the countries that have been scammed or extorted money from because of their Lottery Winning/Inheritance payment/Contract Payment Execution in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate all the Lottery Winners and scam victim with the sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($8,500,000.00) 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 approve for release through any of the following method (Via Bank to Bank Wire Transfer, Via Automatic Teller Machine ATM MASTERCARD, Via Electronic On-Line Banking System, Via Bank Draft, Via Diplomatic Delivery Means and Via Visiting Any Of Our Payment Center/Office Location For The Claim Of Your Fund in Person As We Have Different Payment Centers All Around The World) and the Chief Protocol Officer in charge of the Fund Release Unit, Dr. Walter Amakiri have been authorize to handle the release process of your fund per your chosen method you want to use to receive your Fund from the above listed means.
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 Also be inform that a woman with the name Elizabeth Williams of 5.9 inches tall, with Long hair and white in color from th United States of America have earlier today contacted this office 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 Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($8,500,000.00) only from this reputable commission and and she also stated that she is a member of your family, so here comes the big question, are you dead? and did you sign any dead of assignment in favor of this woman? thereby making her the current beneficiary to your fund with her following contact details before you pass on,please get back to us if you authorize Elizabeth Wil liams.
Dr. Walter Amakiri
Special Adviser On Foreign Payment And Other Foreign Financial Related Matters
E-mail: (  )
Below is the Registration Informationís of your Fund and you are to provide this details to Dr. Walter Amakiri when contacting him as evidence of receiving email from us as a beneficiary to this compensation fund.FUND AWARD REFERENCE CODE: UNAP 563EUS, REGISTERED TAG: UNZEFCB79268, SECURITY CODE: SCUN/2015/90363/, TRANSACTION CODE 8563/TCUNEU/9563/56253/, CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE: CDCUN/EU673/IEDD/-09/15, DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE N0: 73564 As soon as you establish contact with him, ensure that you provide a reconfirmation of your present details as below to the Officer to effect the change and Re-process your fund release to you.
(1)Your Full name & Address....................................
(2)Contact Phone Number /  Fax Number............................
(3)Current Occupation..............................
(4)Marital Status..............................
(7)Scan copy of your Working ID/ Int'l Passport.............................
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 Dr. Walter Amakiri as we have assigned him to handle the process of the release of your Fund to you. Once you contact him, do follow up his instruction as he is the only person in charge of the release of your Fund to you without any further delay.
Your's Faithfully,
Mr. Antonio Guterres

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