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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: "Dr Greg Henchard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 21:38:12 +0100
Subject: Happy New Year

Economic Advancement & Development Programmer,
UK United nations Office Tower,
United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Contact Person, Dr Greg Hen chard.
Fraud Compensation Wiring Payment Officer.

SUB; Fraud Victim Compensation Payment Notification.!!!
Attention: Beneficiary !!!

This is to inform you that the United Kingdom Fraud Payment Settlement Committee and the United Nation Organization wishes to inform you that you have the total compensation of *US$5,500,000,00.* cash payment as a victim of fraud in Africa.

Your name was listed by the UK Fraud Pay Settlement Committee Compensation Payment committee as directed by the United Nation Secretary General Hon. Ban Ki-Moon.

Sir/Madam, quickly notify us how you wish to receive your refund as directed by the United Kingdom Fraud Payment settlement Committee which this is your code, (UNUK6-QCP-4).

Required information:
1. Full Name
2. Phone and Fax Number
3. Address.
4. Your Age
5. Sex
6. Country:
7. Nationality.
8. Your Scan Copy of Your Valid Identity.

Note that because of these impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, Which is (Anti Fraud Victim referenced code ( UNUK6-QCP-4 ) which you have to indicate this code when contacting this office.

Thank you for your cooperation as we a Wait your expedite response.

Yours sincerely,
Dr George Mishuda.
Fraud Compensation Wiring Payment Officer.
United nations Organisation,
United Kingdom of Great Britain.

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