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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: "Mrs Jessica Grant" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2020 21:28:54 -0700
Subject: Congratulatins, UN Org Award.

This message is based on the meeting which the United Nations (UN), European Union, African Union, American Union and Asia
held in BANGKOK THAILAND as Our 2020 Compensation Payment to you regarding your expenses which you made in 2017/2018/2019
for failed Transactions like Contract Fund, Bank transfer, Lottery Fund transfer and inheritance fund.
According to the International Monetary Funds Agency (I.M.F), they discovered that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Banks
And Legal Attorneys who are Trying to divert your money into their private accounts,
and we want to use this opportunity to inform you that some of this fraudsters has been curbed and their account has been also frozen,
regarding to the meeting held, all the money that was recovered from their account must be used to compensate the victims and that is why you are receiving this message.
This is to fight crime and corruption/fraud globally and you are advice not to fall into their hands.
No tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation of owners and privacy.
The online draw selection process was carried out through random selection in our United Nations computerized e-mail selection machine (TOPAZ)
from a database of over 985,000 email addresses of individuals and corporate bodies drawn from all the continents of the world which your email address was among the lucky winners.
This is Your Payment file, United Nations Approval No; UN5685P, White House Approved Number: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632 Password No: 339331,
Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Release Code No :09284B; Immediate (IMF) Telex confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No: XXTN020.
Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore you are qualified now to receive your payment from our authorized Pacific West African  Region where your payment file falls.
We assure you that your payment will get to you as long as you follow the directive and instruction of Mrs. Betty Wright.
I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. For claims processing and remittance of your compensation payment to you,
contact the remittance center with your information below and your Release Code No:09284B.
1)Full Names:________
7)Marital Status_____
Head Office Bangkok Thailand
UCB International Remittance Unit Director
Office Fax: +(66)912-271-030  (66)261-382-62
Barrister Peter Williams.
Keep all your information away from the general public especially your Release Code No:09284B.
This is important as case of double claims will not be entertained. If this mail enters in your bulk folder,
please move it to inbox for a clearer message.
Yours in service,
Mrs Jessica Grant,
Compensation Coordinator, UN.
Mr Lambert Lee,
Head of Publications Department, UN.

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