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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: "WORLD BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:22:17 +0100

DESK OF Dr. Rachid Benmessaoud
WORLD BANK Country Director for Nigeria
102 Yakubu Gowon Crescent
Opposite ECOWAS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2826, Garki,
Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234 805 459 7886
Dear Sir,
I write you on my capacity as the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria.
This is to let you know that due to inability of the Nigeria Government to pay all Foreign Beneficiaries
  in Nigeria, we have signed an agreement with the Nigeria Government under the supervision of the 
Secretary of the United Nations, Government of the United States of America and Leaders of
European Union to handle the Payment of all Foreign Beneficiaries owed in Nigeria.
We, the World Bank is now directly handling the payment of  all the Foreign Beneficiaries in Nigeria
from the Money we intended to loan to the Nigeria Government.
We have demanded for files of all the beneficiaries and found out that you are among the beneficiary
that will be paid.
This is the reason you are been contacted.
You are entitled to receive the sum of US$15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars)
accrued interest included.
We do not want any delay in paying you and therefore advised that you should send the following:
Your Full Names:
Telephone Number:
Bank information:
This is required for processing and transferring your funds.
Please note that we have a time limit of three weeks to pay all concerned foreign beneficiaries.
Your prompt response is required.
I look  forward to hearing from you.
You can also contact me on my below email address:
Yours Faithfully,
  Dr .Rachid Benmessaoud
World Bank Country Director for Nigeria

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