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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: "The World Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 11:29:07 +0100

The World Bank London Office
ATM Card Department,
Mil Bank Tower, 12th Floor
21-24; Mil bank
London SW1P 4QP


The world bank has released funds through the ATM VISA CARD to some
beneficiaries in view to reduce the economy meltdown posed on the Continent
in general,which has already taking effect from now.

The World Bank in relationship with the International Monetary Fund has
issue you a VISA CARD with which you can access your contract amount
5,000,000.00 USD. This card center will send you an ATM card which you will
use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world,
but the maximum is FIVE Thousand Five Hundred United States Dollars($5,500)
per day.So if you like to receive your fund in this way,please let us know
by contacting the ATM payment department.

To file for your claim, please contact our ATM Dispatch personnel,
Contact Person: Mr. David Richardson .
and also send the following information as listed below:

1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. Address were you want them to send the ATM card to (p.o box
not acceptable)
4. Age
5. occupation
6. Nationality
7. country of residence

However for the purpose of proper verification of your Identity, and other
relevant information and release of your Visa ATM Card to you, it is
important you contact the office of the Director, Debit Card Dept for a
special payment at the above listed address or directly reply to this

Paul Rockefeller
International Monetary Fund.

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