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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: Antonio Guterres <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2020 10:04:14 -0700
Subject: Important,

United Nations Fraud Prevention Service (UNFPS)
We fight against fraud, funds delay & impersonation.
Address: 405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY, 10017, USA

Dear Recipient,

This payment authorization has been received from the United Nations Funding Center United State.

I pleased to inform you that you have been approved & enlisted by the United Nations Compensation Payments Office New York, USA to receive the United Nations compensation payment of $1,500,000 USD which will be payable to you via Sun Trust Bank Branch office USA, and this payment has been scheduled to be processed and payout through ATM Global Master Card to make Everything easy for all the appointed person.

You are further required to provide the listed information’s for payments verification purposes and to enable receive your Payment successfully. You are advised to contact Mr. Steven Vezina of Sun Trust Bank USA with his direct email: ( with the listed information’s, as he is our representative in charge of the Compensation payment

Your Full Name...........
Your Home Address........
Your Private Tele Phone Number.......
Your Age....................
Your Occupation........
Your Country..........

I look forward to hear from you on this subject.

Best Regards
Antonio Guterres

United Nations
405 East 42nd Street,
New York, NY, 10017, USA

Confidentiality: This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the Recipient only. Any review, re-transmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking any action in reliance upon this
Information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient(s) is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in
Errors please notify the sender immediately and destroy the material whether stored on a computer or otherwise.

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