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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 Group" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:46:31 +0600

World Bank Group Nigeria
Address: Zaria street, Abuja
Postal Address: P.M.B 0187, Garki Abuja
I Am Mr. Ben Peter, Bill and Exchange Manager
Tel: +234-808-6626-367

Dear beneficiary

I am Mr. Ben peter, bill and exchange manager/ secretary general, head of
the world bank finance group, Nigeria branch, set up to fight against scam
and fraudulent activities worldwide. This group is responsible for
investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto
winning claims by companies and individuals and directs the paying
authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediately payment of verified claims
to the beneficiaries without further delay.

You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited
fund. After a detailed review of your file, the world bank group has
mandated that your fund the sum of $27 million united states dollars) should
be release immediately after the confirmation of the transfer fee which is

and we also write to let you know that your fund has been approved in your
favor by the president Dr. Good luck Jonathan via my desk.
I therefore wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will
be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter.

Please re-confirm to us the following:

1. Your full name:
2. Your country:
3. Your occupation:
4. Your age:
5. Sex:
6. Your cell phone:
7. A Passport By Attach or Driver's License

Thanks for your cooperation.

Mr. Ben peter

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