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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: "Mrs. Diane Bell McKoy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 11:49:03 -0800
Subject: UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Peacekeeping Best Practices Section
380 Madison Ave, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10017


We know you will be surprise to see this email, note that this email was never send to you by mistake so make sure you go through the email carefully, We hereby inform you that the Scotland Yard Police, Interpol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) United States of America, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria and all the African Crime fighter leaders have come together to stop scam/internet fraud in Nigeria and all round Africa.

Our duty is to make sure we stop internet scam and money laundering. Last month we have put a lot of fraudsters and internet scammers behind bars. We go all over Africa to pick this internet scam rats, We have over 8,273 of them in our jail around Africa and Europe and we are still looking for more of them everyday we received so much scam report from European and American citizens. We are aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived mostly Americans and Europe and lost their hard earn money to these fraudsters after promising them percentages in their letters/e-mails for their impending help to move funds out Africa, Europe, Asia and America including fake lottery winning notification and at the end of the day, they will collect thousands of dollars from you without a successful end.

We have recovered over US$2.3 Billion United State Dollars from the internet fraudsters and scammers we have put behind bars.several Meetings was held last month to distribute this US$2.3 Billion United State Dollars among the scammed victims we can get in touch with, As a result of this development You have been luckily selected by email as one of the victims of these fraudsters and internet scammers, we the United Nations Peacekeeping in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have come to an agreement that you will be compensated with the sum of US$2,500,000.00 Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars.

You are advice to contact Rev. George Venezuelus, the officer in possession of your fund transfer with your details as stated below:



You are to indicate how you wish to receive your funds in this available option below:


Please note that if you wish to receive your funds via any of these options above the delivery fee is just $60 and you are to send the fee to the delivery agent that will be given to you by Rev. George Venezuelus.

Contact Person Information
Rev. George Venezuelus

Phone Call: +1 (518)-244-8143

Text message only +1 (310)-651-6658

As soon as you get in contact with him he will treat your case file as urgent and make sure you follow his instructions in other to get your funds with no time.

Making the world a better place!

kind regards,

Mrs. Diane Bell McKoy
Finance Director
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