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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: Tony Ray <>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:27:14 -0700
Subject: hello

760 United Nations Plaza,
New York City, New York 10017,
United States

Dear Beneficiary

This is to notify you that the United Nations Secretary General has
deliberated with the world bank for a compensation payment on scammed
victims from Asia, America ,Africa and Europe so your name emerged as one
of the lucky beneficiaries.

I write to let you know that the sum of $7,500,000.00 (Seven Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only has been approved in your
favor name .

Kindly reply us immediately to receive your payment without any delay, send
your details to our agent Mr. Anthony,and he shall send you a copy of your
Funds Approval Certificate from the United Nations. Please send your
complete information details as listed below. Full Name, Address ,Telephone
number,Occupation and all correspondence should be directed to the below
email address. .

Yours Sincerely

Mr Frank Kirk
United Nations in New York
760 United Nations Plaza,
New York City, New York 10017,
United States

Tony Ray

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