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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: "EFCC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:06:59 +1000
Subject: Read The World Bank Payment Clearing Platforms.

Wuse II, Abuja.
Phone: 234 802101 8871
Fax: + 234 9 3148074
Our Ref: EFCC/NG/FG/2010
Motto: No Body Is Above The Law.


Dear Valued Beneficiary,

Citing the strong business tie between the people of Americans and the people of Nigeria, the Economic & Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are conducting an investigation to worldwide fraud practices that are known as "Advance fee-fraud" or "419-fraud".This Joint Task Force is saddled with the responsibility to check, probe and investigate cases that center on abuse of office, diversion of public funds and property, mismanagement and stealing of public funds at the Federal, States and International levels in Nigeria and other Corrupt Practices within the shores of the Africa Continent.

The EFCC has also received several complaints from various affected beneficiaries from all over the world who have been swindled off their hard earned monies and has not received their funds hitherto. We are not unaware that you have not received your fund due to the past corrupt Government Officials who has frustrated and subjected you to various insensitive procedures, all in their selfish bid to swindle your fund into their personal accounts abroad.
At this juncture, you are advised to refrain from any activities or dealing with any anonymous Nigerian(s), as we have been mandated to control this payment exercise by ensuring that all funds owed to every individual beneficiary or organizations are duly paid to them without delay. Therefore, you are enjoined to rely on the conventional integrity of the EFCC and the constitutional processes to effect the release of your payment.
To this effect, we wish to gladly inform you that from the calculated sum of US$4.5 Billion from the World Bank for the Nigeria Debts Resolution, you have been approved to receive a part-payment sum of US$3.5 Million only, and you will have to recieve your fund in form of Automated Teller Card commonly known as ATM Card, alongside a custom pin number which you will use to make withdrawals of your funds from any Inters witched ATM machines. The ATM card has a handbook or manual script to enlighten you about how to use it.

Therefore, we would appreciate if you would forward your personal information to the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria in the format shown below:

Zip Code:
A Copy of Photo I.D.
Home Phone:
Cell Phone:
Other E-mail:

We want you to know that above requested information will officially enable the World Bank Director to revalidate your documents in other to reconcile and effect your payment in accordance to the payment guideline of the World Bank.
You are strictly advised to contact the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria immediately, through the following contact details:

Dr. Jimoh Bril Galadima (World Bank Auditor)
102 Yakubu Gowon Crescent
Opposite ECOWAS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2826, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: 234-803-300-0151
Fax: 234-9-314-5268

This Memorandum is meant to inform you that your funds are no longer in the hands of those mischievous officials of the Nigerian government, as the World Bank has perfectly upgraded your fund into the ATM Card and you have to contact him immediately for guideline on how to receive your ATM Card without spending money. This way, we are confident to avoid further encumbrances and also impede the Nigerian Government from imposing unnecessary principle and taxes on your fund.
Please note that due to the high rates of scams, impersonation and funds diversion amongst some top officials in the Nigerian Government, we have deem it important to give you a prompt tip off to stop communicating with those cheats because they would only aggravate your efforts and of course ravage our collective dreams.
Finally, with the World Bank Payment Clearing Platforms, we are overconfident that you will receive your funds in as much as you abide to our guidelines and stop corresponding to any person(s) beside the World Bank Auditor. I may say here that only a person who wants to be defrauded by scammers will be so defrauded as a result of ignoring these services.

Thank You and may God bless our endeavors.

Please do govern yourself accordingly.

Officially Signed By:
Chief (Mrs.) Farida M. Waziri, AIG Rtd
Executive Chairman

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