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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: ben seal <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:55:49 +0000 (GMT)

Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee.

Tel:+44 70457 35084

We are pleased to inform you that We are World Debt Reconciliation Committee 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 Co-operate Bodies and Non-Governmental Organizations(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 RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE will work extensively to ensure that all outstanding 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.

It may interest you to know that during our investigation, we uncovered an outstanding unpaid/unclaimed sum of money in your name and a mandate has been given to our commitee,World Debt Reconciliation Committee, to contact you for the payment of your funds.

Note that on receipt of your confirmation,your funds which we have recovered from where it has been held up will be processed for immediate payment based on your choice of payment.

Urgently furnish this Office with your contact information to enable us open up communication with you regarding the payment of your fund.

You are advised to contact us immediately for further details.


Yours Faithfully,

Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee.

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