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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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Fraud email example:

From: "UN Information Service" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 09:06:31 -0700
Subject: (covid19) compensation

#799 united nations plaza new York 10017, (USA)
United Nations organization financial regulatory office:

On 15th March,2021 (UN Information Service) -- The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) has made available today a total of US$102,000,000,000,000 to world governments for distribution to 12,000,000 (Twelve Million successful claimants emails beneficiaries). You're qualified and chosen for the United Nations (covid19) outbreak compensation commission payment of $8,500,000.00 USD only. Payment via MasterCard prepaid debit ATM card or direct bank transfer. Kindly contact the below agent for more details. Contact him with the below code (O#/456X/050/006),

CONTACT HON. Volkan Bozkir
phone: +1-(970)-670-0400
Do not call, kindly text him for urgent response.

yours faithfully,
prof. David Allen Quinn
United nations, public information officer,
United Nations compensation commission fund.
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