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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: Keith Gale <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 20:01:07 +0100 (BST)


In close consultation with the World Bank, IMF, European Union (EU) and U.S Diplomatic Mission,this is to notify you of your enlistment as a beneficiary of a recent Debt Management and Settlement Forum organized on the status of global arrangement to have your beneficiary fund settled once and for all.

Of course, In the hope that you must have been aware of the past financial leakages in the U.S/European foreign inheritance payment system, and frustrations associated there from in your last attempt to claim the fund, wherein fund beneficiaries (like your self) was subjected to unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks in lieu of claiming funds due them.

The World Body, having solicited, in harmonizing the sequence of payments, have discovered from records of outstanding foreign inheritance fund beneficiaries due them, that your name and payment has been withheld and remain unpaid as a result of such bottleneck.

On the prompting of this finding, I wish to officially notify you that already, a total amount of US$500 Million has been provided to the World bank for this purpose and it is on first come first serve.

I wish to inform you that your Payment has been Dispatched Via a Diplomat in two boxes to your Mailing address found in the international Debit computing unit and is valued at of US$1.5m, has been Approved in your name and your Diplomat has been dispatch to your location with your fund in two boxes. Please reconfirm your mailing address to him once more so that there wont be any mistake and delay in getting your consignment.

(1) Your full names, phone, fax and Cell numbers (up to date) for ease of contact
(2)Address where you want them to delivery your consignment.
(3)Age and Occupation

Fined the diplomatic contact informations

Diplomatic Ango Dolando
Mail id:
Telephone number: 917 965 5549

Call diplomat 917 965 5549 on Ango Dolando and direct him how to deliver your the fund and all documents including the Airport  stamping fee of $270.

Keith Gale
World Bank. Deputy Chief of Mission

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