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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: Mrs Glory willams <>
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 23:21:53 -0800 (PST)

My Dear
For immediate delivery of your overdue sum of $3.8 Million USD Certified Bank Draft.
You are advised to re-confirm YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER for Immediate delivery of your Certified Bank Draft to your delivery address.

WORLD BANK COURIER & SHIPPING COMPANY has been advised by the UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR to BENIN REPUBLIC to accept half of the total amount charged by the Board of Internal Revenue for insurance,

So what you are now required to send to  WORLD BANK Courier Management is only $55.00 USD and do not forget to quote your new Payment approval details (i.e. BCEAO APPROVAL NO: BCEAO/5685, WBAI REF NO: WH44CV, ALLOCATION NO: 674632, PASS CODE: 339331, PIN: 55674, RELEASE CODE NO: 0763 and DRAFT CONFIRMATION NO: 31-1114433).  
Contact us now through this email:
Mr. Philips Dawn
World Banks Africa Integrated
Phone: +229 98 43 89 56

this is the latest instruction from Mr. President, Chief Yayi Boni (GCFR) Benin Republic and the World Bank African Integrated.

If you know that you are not the rightful beneficiary, DO NOT sends any Insurance charge as stated above to the World Bank Courier Management but if you are one, then go ahead and contact the WORLD BANK Courier Management for your Certified

Bank Draft delivery and as you are directed to send the $55.00 USD for insurance to  Philips Dawn
Receiver Name:…EUGENE MMOKWE
Address:   Cotonou Benin Republic .
Test question: AB
Answers :Benin
We expecting to hear from you soon.
Mrs Glory willams 

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