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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: "Mr. Ant?nio Guterres" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:24:52 -0700
Subject: Ref: USFRB/IRU/SFE/3.8/WI/013

AMOUNT ; $3 Million USD.
How are you, Hope all is well with you and your family, You may not
understand why this mail came to you, United Nation have been having a
meeting for the past 3 weeks which ended 10th January, 2019 with the
World Bank President Mr.Jim Yong Kim and the New USA Secretary of
State Mr. Mike Pompeo.
This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of
the world, and the people that have lost their properties in the
earthquakes and tsunami United Nations and World Bank have agreed to
compensate them with the sum of Three Million United States Dollars
($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
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.
Con! tact 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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