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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: "Mrs.Sussana Morehead" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:36:50 -0700
Subject: Important message from : Mrs Sussana Morehead

The World Bank Auditors
Attention: Beneficiary
We apologies, for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences and inflict that we might have indulge you through. My name is Mrs.Susan Moorehead, I have just arrived Nigeria from America, after series of complains and petitions against the Federal Government of Nigeria and the British Government for the rate of scam going on in these two nations, The World Bank have mandated that I come for an investigation here. From all indication, after due investigation as regards to this very matter, it came to the attention of the federal ministry of finance and the accountant general of the federation that there is no cent existing in your name or favor as a legitimate, Inwhich you have been struggling all this while to claim, But due to the dubious interest of some top officials they short listed your name as one of the approved beneficiaries that have not been paid, Well my dear, I want to make it clear that you will never receive anything from them, its all forged in or d
Meanwhile, I have a good news for you , As a matter of fact, due to irregularities in Nigerian Foreign Payment Gazette, the UN and World Bank decided to approved a Compensation payment of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to all affected scam victims. Every quarter of the year the United Nations Organization in conjunction with the World Bank in Switzerland organizes an open Ballot draw to scam victims ,unpaid contractors and fund inheritance beneficiaries all around the globe. This open Ballot Draw is selected randomly from e-mail addresses and Foreign Payment Files . It was during this ballot draw process in Switzerland that your name and email appeared as one of the luckiest people to receive the approved compensation amount of $500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
Please re-confirm to us if this is in-line with your problem, also re-confirm to me the followings
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession , age and marital status.
5) Working I?d/Int'l passport.
6) Banking Information.
As soon as this information is received and confirmed, your payment will be made to you via telegraphic wire transfer or ATM Cash Card . Get back to me immedaitely. As a result of the on-going drive of the Government to update its books and clear payment to beneficiaries, I strongly recommend that you promptly start your clearance as soon as possible for more clarification and for immediate transfer of your funds. Note ,The only mandatory obligation is the (International Fund Attestation Clearance fee. There after we shall issue FUND BILL OR RIGHT certificate in your favor, to cover you from any authorities. I would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on how best you can receive your fund within the shortest possible time without spending unnecessarily.
Yours truly,
Mrs.Susan Moorehead Director, Foreign Operation :(World Bank Auditors)

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