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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:

Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 02:37:53 -0800

United Nation Office London UK
Address: 3 Whitehall Court,London,SW1A 2ELUnited Kingdom
Tel: + 44 7 766 3454 Fax: + 44 7 000 1381

Attn: Beneficiary

Hello Good day, Please pay attention to my message. I am Mr. António Guterres, United Nation Secretary General

I want to inform you recently that we have been instructed by the U.S Government and International Monetary Fund and in-conjunction with the World Bank to compensate you with the sum of $2,500,000 thousand USD for not receiving your inheritance/contract payment for many years due to false offices that refuses to release your funds to you.

Now we have finally made a solid agreement with the U.S Government and international monetary Fund and World Bank to compensate you with the sum of $2,500,000.00 thousand USD for your patient.

You are to provide us the below information so we can proceed to release your compensation within 3 working days.

Your Full Name:_______________________

Current address: _____________________

Phone number:_____________________

Passport/ID #:_____________________

Means of receiving your payment: Bank wire / Cashier check or ATM CARD

We will proceed immediately to release your payment soon we receive your information on this Email:

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely
Mr. António Guterres,
United Nation Secretary General.

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