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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: "Mr.PAUL.WOLFOWITZ" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:22:40 +0400
Subject: Compensation Funds

>From Desk of the President
World Bank Group,



I am Mr.PAUL.WOLFOWITZ , the President World Bank Group.

Therefore, you are legally and highly notified with every absolute authorization on your funds and transaction long awaited release set up to fight against scams and frauds activities ravenging World Wide.
In a nut shell, the concerned are as follow, unpaid Contract payment, Funds Inheritance or Lottery Winning due to unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security companies In releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and money Laundry activities going on world wide.

This financial institute kown as World Bank Group has Mandated the Chattered Bank via the desk of PROF.FAROUK YOLA funds remittance departmental head to release the long awaited funds of $3,000.000,00 (3Million United States Dollars) with interest accrue to beneficiaries through direct TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER
Upon the provision of your Banking account details for your express
funds transfer into your nominated account without any delay with every obedience to our instrcution and in line to your funds release with immediate action.
Hence your funds have cleared from Terrorist and Money laundry activities and your money will be released into your provided Banking account through Chattered Bank
As regards to this arrangement You are advised to contact the the desk of PROF.FAROUK YOLA funds remittance departmental head Direct telephone number 009 234 802 387 1942
( infrom him to release and transfer your funds into your provided Banking account urgently.
You are therefore advised to forward your direct telephone numbers
Your complete name and your complete Banking details most importantly be aware that 3 Million UNITED STATES Dollars Only
(US3, 000, 000.00) is due to you.

Finally ,PROF.FAROUK YOLA is awaiting to receive your contact attention on your
funds Release Without any delay.

Make your contact quickly and expressly to him now irrespective of the time as he is waiting for your attention for your funds and it's transfer interest into your provided account.

Thanks for Your Cooperation.

(President) World Bank Group

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