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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: "peter mcwealth" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:51:39 +0100


Director: World Fund Discovery Management And Payment Bureau.

TELEPHONE +447024055798

This letter is from World Fund Discovery Management and Payment Bureau
newly invented by the World Financial Service Authority United States Of
America/ United Kingdom.

This body was set up to discover an outstanding unpaid fund being owed
Governments or Individuals all over the world through Contract Payment,
Inheritance and Lottery Winning Prize Awards. It will interest you to
know that we have discovered an outstanding
Unpaid/unclaimed sum of money in favor of your name and a mandate has
been given to this body, World Fund Discovery Management And Payment
Bureau to
ensure that this fund gets to you without any delay.

Note that a special payment arrangement has been made to deliver this
fund you through diplomatic means of payment or alternatively come in
to any of our payment Offices in Europe or Asia. You are hereby
advised to urgently furnish this office with your detailed
Information to enable us open up communication with you regarding the
release of your fund immediately.

The information required from you to enable us process your payments are as

(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Phone, Fax and Cell Phone:
(4) Profession, Age and Marital Status:
(5) Company/Business Name:
(6) Your Private Email address:

You are advised to contact us immediately with the above requested
Information for further details.

TELEPHONE +447024055798

Yours Truly
Dr. Peter McWealth
Director: World Fund Discovery Management And Payment Bureau.

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