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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: "Mr .Eddy Patrick" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 04:41:01 -0800
Subject: good day ,

Good Day

This Message is coming to you in regards to the recent Resolutions of
meeting within the Executive Director United Nations Human Settlements
Programmed and United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) based on
the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project and other top
Government body worldwide .

You are in the list submitted by our Monitoring Team observers that
are yet to receive
their fund and this is why am are contacting you, this has been agreed upon and
signed and this is for your Compensation payment of $2,500,000.00 USD
(Two Million, five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which will
be released directly to you through an a sealed fund consignment which
is already my control to deliver to you ..

However, you should send me
your Full Name..........................
direct cell phone Number.....................
what'saap number .................
Residential Address.......................
Gender .................

i will wait for your response for immediately proceed and complete
your delivery

Agent Eddy Patrick

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