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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: =?utf-8?B?Ik1yLiBBbnTDs25pbyBHdXRlcnJlcyI=?= <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:06:42 -0200

AMOUNT ; $3 Million USD.

How are you, Hope all is well with you and your family, You may not
understand why this mail came to you, United Nation have been having a
meeting for the past 3 weeks which ended 20th December, 2018 with the
World Bank President Mr.Jim Yong Kim and the New USA Secretary of State
Mr. Mike Pompeo.

This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the
world, and the people that have lost their properties in the earthquakes
and tsunami United Nations and World Bank have agreed to compensate them
with the sum of Three Million United States Dollars ($USD3,000,000.00)
each, this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received
their contract sum and people that have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc.

Your name and email was in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team of
Economic and Financial Crime Commission observers and this is why we are
contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Mr. John C. Williams of Federal Reserve Bank
New York, as he is our representative, contact him immediately for your
check/International Bank Draft of Three Million United States Dollars
($USD3,000,000.00) This funds are in a Bank Draft for security purpose so
he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number with
your correct mailing address, where you want him to send the Draft to you.

Contact Mr. John C. Williams immediately for your Check:
Name: Mr. John C. Williams

Good-luck and kind regards,
Mr. António Guterres
UN making the world a better place

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