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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: "Hon. Mrs. Helen Willie" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 03:08:58 +1200 (NZST)
Subject: Contact Mr. David Fisher

This is to official inform you that we have been having a meeting for the past Seven month which ended Two days ago with Dr. Robert B. Zoellick the World Bank President and Hon. Mrs. Christine Lagarde (IMF) Director General, in the meeting we treated on Scam victim problems.
United Nation have agreed to compensate you with the sum of Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars (USD$980,000.00) this also includes international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc?. We have arranged your payment through MasterCard ATM which is the latest instruction from World Bank Group.
For the collection of your MasterCard ATM contact our representative Mr. David Fisher and forward the following details to him.
1. Full Name:.........
2. Country:........
3. Delivery Address:..........
4. Telephone:..............& Occupation.......
5. Your Age...... /Sex..........
6: Your Nearest Airport..........
Contact Mr. David Fisher with below email and phone number and forward all your details to him.
Email:( )
Telephone +229 9673 1025
Note: for the immediate collection of your MasterCard ATM contact our representative Agent. David Fisher to enable you confirm your payment without further delay and note any other contact you made out side his office is at of your own risk.
Hon. Mrs. Helen Willie
CC: Hon. Mrs. Christine Lagarde
CC: World Bank Group
CC: Mr. Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General

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