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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 Seal <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 09:34:49 +0000
Subject: Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee Notification U.K

MR. BEN SEAL COLE.Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee Notification U.KTel:+44 70457 35084

We are pleased to inform you that We are World DebtReconciliation Committee newly set up by TheInternational Bank For Reconciliation And Development(WORLD BANK) And the International Monetary Fund(IMF)based on series of petitions we received fromInternational Bodies such as Cooperate Bodies and NonGovernmental Organization (NGO) on the inability ofsome Government of different countries in the World, Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization tosettle their clients Contract debt, Inheritance Fundand Winning prize fund.
After an extensive close door meeting between theBoard of Directors of WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONALMONETARY FUND), It was resolved and agreed upon thatthis body-WORLD INTERNATIONAL DEBT ReconciliationCommittee will work extensively to ensurethat yourContract Payment, Your Inheritance and LotteryWinning prize fund will be paid without any hitch anddelay through the World Bank and IMF Insurance body.
1. You are strictly advised to inform us as your agentany of the above mentioned Debt you are being owed anywhere in the world. The contract Amount and Countrywhich the contract was executed.
2. The Bank name and location where your InheritanceFund are tied up and amount due to you.
3, Your Winning Prize lottery Company and the amountwon.
Note that on receipt of your complaints and list ofdebt due for payment, your Fund will be called backfrom its verious point where it has been tied up byWorld Bank and IMF and your payment will be arrangedand effected based on your choice of payment.

Urgently furnish this Office with your Name andcontact information to enable us open up communicationwith you regarding the remittances of yourpayment.
Yours Faithfully,
MR. BEN SEAL COLE.Tel:+44 70457 35084
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