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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:49:55 -0000
Subject: Re: Contact Immediately.

World Bank Group
Telephone Number:+2347043717648
Contact Email Address:
Dear Beneficiary:
Your Payment Of $9.500.000.0 Million Dollars has been Release this Morning by
the United States Homeland Security Department / United Nation Organization
Contact Immediately for your Claim or call +2347043717648
Method Of Payment
Bank Wire
ATM Card
Kindly provide below information for immediate process of your Approved Fund.
Full Name:
Home Address:
Mobile Number:
Congratulation In Advance Dear Beneficiary
Yours Faithfully
Mr James Freeland
World Bank Auditor
Contact Email Address:

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