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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. James M. Nicholas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:02:43 +0100



I am Mr. James Nicholas of the newly inaugurated World Debt Recovery committee (WDRC). My committee has a mandate to recover unpaid debts owed to various contractors, Lottery fund Prize Award Winners, inheritance fund, loans and grants ranging from $1M-$19.5M owed to various Beneficiaries and Companies/Organizations across the globe (Asia, Europe, USA, Africa, Canada and Australia) and submit the list of the unpaid beneficiaries/companies to the 2 appointed official paying Banks for immediate effect of their payment funds.

In the course of our investigation, your email address/particulars were shortlisted among the first set of fifteen Beneficiaries/individuals yet to be paid hence this email. However, we received a petition today dated 23/07/2011 10:30AM 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 heir apparent. She has also submitted her Bank account with our accredited corresponding paying Bank for the transfer of the fund to her.

To avoid undue delay or paying the fund to a 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, kindly reconfirm your particulars/details to this office immediately,

1. Beneficiary's Full Name:______________
2. Address:______________________________
3. Nationality:____________Sex___________
4. Age:____________Date of Birth:________
5. Occupation:___________________________
6. Phone#:_______Fax:____________________
7. State of Origin:_______Country:_______
8. Copy of identity either scanned Int'l passport or Driver's licence for identification and specify how you want your fund paid to you immediately for the attention of the paying officer.

Kindly reply to this email address:

Yours truely,

Mr. James M. Nicholas

EMAIL NOTICE: - WORLD DEBT RECOVERY COMMITTEE was founded in 1939 and has been empowered globally for reconciliation and cancelliation of debts and to resolve financial issues abroad.

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