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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: "David Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:09:14 +0100
Subject: Your Payment Reference Order /ASXX/PO0-65RV

Financial Intelligent Monetary Services ( FIMS)
56 Avenue Melbourne Australia
Tel- +614-88804163
Fax- +61280155650
Reference Order /ASXX/PO0-65RV
Scam Compensation sum of $4.9 million dollars approved in your name
through World Bank mass assisted project funds. This compensation
involves business investment failure, Inheritance, Contracts, Lottery,
Dating, Diplomatic Payment, E.T.C, the mass assisted fund was approved
to settle failed business / scam compensation.
Please indicate if you have received your compensation funds sum of
(U.S.D $4.9 ).We have tried all our possible  means to contact you
since your name and email were stated on the manifest list submitted
by the world bank external auditors but it failed and we want to know
if you are still alive ,so that we can finalized this transaction once
and for all. Note that you can visit this link
( to see the data of all compensatory
funds paid to individual through mass assisted project.
We have received your name in the New Year scam compensation list
submitted by the external affairs department of World Bank
Switzerland; your name was submitted through the secret security
services of international scam watchers approved by World Bank to
compile names of fraud victims globally.Security watchers verified
intensively through their international server security detector
device that you have unknowing engaged in negative transactions with
some group of fraud syndicates operating to defraud unsuspected
victims with none  exiting mouthwatering proposals, we are using this
opportunity to inform you that the transactions executed with those
people where simply fraud, there was no money approved in your name
for any reason, they were manipulating your sense of reasoning by
using tricks that appears to be true with fabricated documents which
does not have any government approved serial number. Have you asked
yourself why they always demand formoney consistently whenever they
promised to release the funds promised to you? How many times did you
observe there instructions and yet nothing was paid to you? The
business you transacted with them have never existed rather it was an
avenue to extort your hard earned money endlessly.
In furtherance, I presumed you must have been wondering why after
paying all the fees requested by them nothing was paid to you rather
they enjoyed your hard earned money without remorse of their evil
deeds. The only funds approved in your name is $4.9 million dollars
from the new world bank mass assisted project, they operates through
different avenues, locations and from many countries especially west
Africa Nigeria, Spain, Ghana, Benin republic, London E.T.C.  The scam
compensation has genuine source with all the legal clearance documents
approved in your name; the scam compensation excise has absolute
transparent background which integrates financial service policy.
Finally, you have the opportunity to enjoy positive New Year if you
corporate and follow the official instructions mandated for the
processing release of your scam compensation already in your name. You
have to keep your scam compensation process utmost confidential then
submit any further scam messages you receive for our perusal.
Waiting For Your Response
Mr David Moore

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