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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: "United Nations Compensation Board." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:06:20 -0800
Subject: Your Compensation and Reimbursement Funds.


I am a representative of United Nations. After diplomatic meeting held since yesterday I wish to find out if your funds has been credited to your account as reported in our database that your $2.3Million Dollars which has been approved to you by United Nations as compensation and Reimbursement payment has been Credited into your Bank Account with our payment Bank.

If I did not receive any response from you within the next 48hrs, we shall assume your $2.3Million Dollars has been successfully received by you and if you do not receive your $2.3Million Dollars get back to me immediately I will give you the contact Details of the Bank, so that you can contact the Bank Executive Region Manager for the release of your funds.

God Bless.

Mr. Churchill Spencer
United Nations Representative.

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