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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 PAYMENT CENTER" <amasil@wl4k3i7zn.homepage.t-online.de>
Reply-To: <abelptransfer@sify.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 05:12:57 +0100
Subject: Re: Your Payment Of $25M United States Dollars

PAYMENT CENTER
Funds Remittance Department
World Bank
Direct Line:+2348020738644
 
After a joint meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Senate Committee on Foreign Debts reconciliation and the Presidential Payment and Implementation Panel on Contract/ inheritance fund under Category, which was addressed and headed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar'Adua (GCFR). It became imperative to contact you on the subject matter. This meeting was initiated as part of the recent image laundering scheme of the federal government of Nigeria.
 
During the meeting, so many negative reports were tabled on behalf of our numerous contractors and foreign personnelís on how unfairly they have been treated and extorted by some corrupt government officials who were vested with the authority to pay them their entitlements. The most annoying and irritating aspect of it all is that they could not effect payment to these foreign beneficiaries after subjecting them to so much stress and trauma. So the WORLD BANK AFRICAN Region Nigeria has being instructed to carry out the payment to you.
 
So for you to receive your fund which is worth $25M United States Dollars all you need to do is to choose an option amongst the below options on how you will prefer to get your funds.
 
(1) Wire Transfer (WT)
 
Full Name:
Full Address:
Phone Number:
Occupation:
Sex:
Age:
Country:
Bank Name:
Account Number:
Swift Code:
 
(2) Atm Card
Full Name:
Full Address:
Phone Number:
Occupation:
Sex:
Age:
Country:
 
(3) Certified Bank Draft
Full Name:
Full Address:
Phone Number:
Occupation:
Sex:
Age:
Country:
 
Kindly choose the method you will like to receive your funds with and get back to me so that we can proceed on this matter   abelptransfer@sify.com
 
Rev, Richard Abel
PAYMENT CENTER
Funds Remittance Department
World Bank
Direct Line:+2348020738644

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