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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: "Lee Chang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:15:13 -0800

Dear 2020 Beneficiary
The United Nations in cooperation with World Bank have agreed to
compensate you with the sum of One Million Two Hundred
Thousand US Dollars ($1.2M) after your name and email was submitted by
the Internet International Monitoring Group during the
UNCC Conference Meeting which was held this 04/12/2019 edition with UN
Secretary General António Guterres in Geneva Switzerland. This payment Program is organized for charity
organization/Scam victims and development.
Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive the sum of
$1.2USD, Credited to Online Bank ATM Card account that was set up for you in the Bank and it has been approved for immediate delivery to you.
Your urgent response to this email will help facilitate the onward
delivery of your ATM card to you, Contact Delivery officer Mr. Michael William
E-mail (
Send to Him
Your Full Name, Address,
And A scan Copy Of Your Identification
Lee Chang

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