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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: "Susanna moorehead" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:10:00 -0000
Subject: World Bank Payment advice.

Dear Sir/madam

Based on the new arrangement which Transparency International have made on
ground regarding the best position we should complete this transaction
successfully, we have concluded the arrangement with world bank directors
to assist you in to credit your funds via world bank online wire transfers
or Telephone Banking service and bank to bank wires, all this
arrangement is available with world bank.

All you need to do is your total compliance with the world bank and
Transparency International full directives so that you will complete and
finalize this transaction with world bank.

Here is the information to contact the World Bank as follows: Contact
Name is: Mrs. Susanna Moorehead. Contact number for
World Bank is: +447045769022
Mrs. Susanna Moorehead. Email to contact her is

She need to talk to you about every aspect of this matter and then she
will direct you on how best to complete this transaction for you. Meaning
that she have so many things to discuss with you because she is the direct
person in charge of debts payment.

She is like your account officer in the world Bank and I am only here to
make sure that
everything work perfectly fine until you receive full access to your fund.

She really wants to verify the authentic aspect of you being the
beneficiary of the fund, meaning that your true beneficiary status must be
adhered by the World Bank agent before the final consent must be properly
completed on your behalf, because there is secret
code which must be given to you officially via courier service from world
bank direct to your personal mailing address, then with that code you will
have to call world bank and activate the code.

This is for security reasons, so that nobody intercept or intrude on your
account via online electronics wire system which is still available for
you in any of the payment choice chosen by you.


Nguyen Thi Kieu Vien

Transparency International Executive Director.

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