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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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Fraud email example:

From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:09:56 -0300

World Bank Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payment
World Bank Switzerland.
It is to bring to your notice that the Bank draft of $800.000 Dollars has been
awarded to you by the WORLD BANK in the on-going WORLD BANK POVERTY ERADICATION
PROGRAMME, I Mr. Leonard Jefferson the Sector Coordinator,Social Development
officer, signed the project and deposited with FedEx Express Courier Nigeria
Branch, which i have earlier notified you.
Contact Person: Mr.Maxwell Brian
Email Address:
Tel:+2348027974507 for claims
N.B: I have paid them for the delivery, the only money you will pay is their
security fee which is $165.00 Dollars to enable them deliver the package to
your given address. Reconfirm your details to them:(1) Your full Name (2) Your
home address (3) Mobile number
Yours Sincerly
Mr. Leonard Jefferson

Facultad de Ciencias Económicas
Universidad Nacional de Jujuy

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