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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: "WORLD DEBT RECOVERY COMMITTEE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <payment22@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2011 01:15:40 -0700
Subject: YOUR UNCLAIMED FUND NOTIFICATION FROM (WDRC)

WORLD DEBT RECOVERY COMMITTEE (WDRC)
Address: Head Office: 3, Kofo Abayomi
Street, Victoria Island, Lagos-Nigeria
Phone: +234-80990-43711
 
YOUR-UNCLAIMED FUND NOTIFICATION
I am Mr. Desmond EKE of the newly inaugurated World Debt Recovery committee (WDRC).in conjunction with U.S.A Government My committee has a mandate to recover unpaid debts associated with NNPC contracts, Lottery fund, inheritance fund, loans and grants etc ranging from $1M-$19.5M owed to various beneficiaries and companies across the globe (Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, and Australia) and submit the list of the unpaid beneficiaries/companies to the 2 appointed official paying Banks for immediate payment of the fund.
 
In the course of our investigation, your email address/particulars were short listed among the first fifteen individuals yet to be paid hence this email. However, we received a petition today from one Mrs. Christina Morgan that you are dead. According to her, you died in a plane crash as such your fund should be paid to her as the apparent heir. She has also submitted her Bank account with Federal Reserve System for the transfer of the fund to her.
To avoid undue delay or paying the fund to wrong individual/beneficiary, I have decided to contact you for confirmation. If I fail to hear from you after 72 hours, it will be assumed that the petition of Mrs. Morgan is true and the fund will be paid to her without further delay.
 
Therefore, if you are still alive, reconfirm your particulars,
 
(1) Your full name.
(2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company's name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int'l passport or any scanned identity to prove you.
6) The country where your fund was originated
NOTE:  IF YOU KNOW THAT THIS FUND DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU, OR YOU CANNOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION. PLEASE DONíT BOTHER TO REPLY THIS MESSAGE.
Yours Sincerely
Mr. Desmond EKE
OF (WDRC)

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