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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: "CEO CEO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:08:46 -0700

United Nations Headquarters
New York is: 405 East 42nd Street,
New York,
NY, 10017, USA.

This is Maria Fernanda Espinosa, The President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, we just discovered that the Bank was not able to carry out a successful transfer of your Grant US$6,800,000. We have decided to terminate the order and assign new capable Bank to immediately commence your fund release. Sorry for the delay. I want you to immediately write or TEXT/call Sandra Younes and she will ensure you receive your fund right today.

Sandra Younes
Remittance Director
Bank Of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
Text/Call: +1 (702) 623-9006
E-mail: OR

Reconfirm the below information to her
Full Names:
Residential Address:
Phone Number:

Try to contact her immediately you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to furnish her with the needed information above.

Stop further communication with the current Bank and block their email. Only communicate with SANDRA YOUNES of BANK OF NEVADA for %100 assurance of receiving your fund today

Yours Faithfully,
Maria Fernanda Espinosa,
The President of the General Assembly

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