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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: "ben cole" <bensealcole009@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 23:01:27 +0000
Subject: OUTSANDING DEBT PAYMENT

From: MR. BEN SEAL COLE.
Director World Debt Reconciliation Commitee.
TEL: 00447040105110.

We are pleased to inform you that We are World Debt
Reconsiliation Commitee newly set up by The
International Bank For Reconciliation And Development
(WORLD BANK) And the International Monetary Fund
(IMF)based on series of petitions we received from
International Bodies such as Cooperate Bodies and Non
Governmental Organization (NGO) on the inability of
some Government of different countries in the World,
Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization to
settle their clients Contract debt, Inheritance Fund
and Winning prize fund.

After an extensive close door meeting between the
Board of Directors of WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONAL
MONETARY FUND), It was resolved and agreed upon that
this body-WORLD INTERNATIONAL DEBT RECONSILIATION
COMMITEE will work extensively to ensure that your
Contract Payment, Your Inheritance and Lottery Winning
prize fund will be paid without any hitch and delay
through the World Bank and IMF Insurance body.

1. You are strictly advised to inform us as your agent
any of the above mentioned Debt you are being owed
anywhere in the world. The contract Amount and Country
which the contract was executed.
2. The Bank name and location where your Inheritance
Fund are tied up and amount due to you.
3, Your Winning Prize lottery Company and the amount
won.

Note that on receipt of your complaints and list of
debt due for payment, your Fund will be called back
from its verious point where it has been tied up by
World Bank and IMF and your payment will be arranged
and effected based on your choice of payment.

Urgently furnish this Office with your Name and
contact information to enable us open up communication
with you regarding the remmitance of your payment.
You are advised to call the undernamed Director on the
direct telephone number 00447040105110 and reply to
this email address:bencole001@excite001.com
Thanks.

Yours Faithfully,
MR. BEN SEAL COLE.

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