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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: benseal cole <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 09:50:34 +0000
Subject: Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee Notification U.K


Director World Debt Reconciliation Committee Notification U.K

+44 703 5937 045

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 fromInternational 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 NTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND), It was resolved and agreed upon that this body-WORLD INTERNATIONAL DEBT Reconciliation Committee will work extensively to ensurethat 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 any where 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 remittances of your payment.


Yours Faithfully,


+44 703 5937 045

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