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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 BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:20:13 +0200
Subject: Greeting From World Bank

The World Bank
P.O. Box 12629
Hatfield, 0028
Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Phone Number: +27 737 958 309

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are sending you this message directly from World Bank Organization, based on the present meeting with the president of United States of America (President Barack Obama), This is to notify you that your Inheritance long over due funds has been approved for Release by President Barack Obama, he has issued a letter of authorization for the release and transferred of your Inheritance long over due fund valued US$3.5 Million (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) to be transferred into your bank account.

Note: the Letter of authorization has been signed by the President Barack Obama yesterday for the release of your long over due fund, to enable us proceed with the processing of your Inheritance long over due to be release and transferred into your bank account, you are to reconfirm your personal details such as listed below:

Your Full name..................
Your Contact address............
Your Telephone number...........
Your Fax number.................
Your Age and Sex................
Your Present Occupation.........

Above is the details needed from you to enable us proceed for the release and transferred of your long over due fund. You will be advice by our offshore paying bank in United States of America to present your banking details upon the receipt of your email.

Best Regards

Mr. Paul Scott

The World Bank
P.O. Box 12629
Hatfield, 0028

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