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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2020 15:02:00 +0400


This email comes to those who are yet to receive their
compensation, inheritance, winnings, every foreign
contractors who have not received their contract sum, and
anyone who has unfinished transaction or compensation
payments which failed due to governmental or any unforseen
problems etc. The United Nations Association is to
compensate you with the sum of $4,700,000.00 USD (Four
Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Your email address was in the list submitted by our
Monitoring Team observers and this is the reason we have
contacted you being one of our beneficiaries. You are
advised to contact Mr. Alex Bates immediately for your
Compensation payment of $4,700,000.00 USD (Four Million,
Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which will be
released directly to you in accordance with legal clearance
and procedures.

However, you should send him your Full Names, Telephone
Number(s) and Residential Address for your funds processing
and release.


He is obliged to treat your case with utmost urgency as soon
as you contact him and fill out your correct details
including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in
touch with you via phone and email.

Joan Levy

United Nations Association

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