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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:41:26 -0800
Subject: Dear Friend, Allocated Fund Beneficiary..

Final Solution to the Release of your over due payment from World Court:

Dear Friend, Allocated Fund Beneficiary.

This is to bring to your notice that We,the Management of the International
Court of Justice,The Hague,Netherlands had a meeting on the 29th day of
November,2013 with the World Bank Group,The Bank of America Management
Group and the African Union Leaders irrespective of the ongoing fraudulent
activities going on in the entire African countries.

This is because we received numerous complaints and petitions from
different victims of African scam of which we have decided to put an end to
it forever.

In the process of our meeting,it was discovered that African banks have
totally refuse to transfer all the allocated fund beneficiaries payment
from their banks,but decided to sit on the money.

>From the list of the fund beneficiaries that have not receive their
allocated payments,your name and address was listed also.

We have therefore concluded that all the beneficiaries that have not
receive their allocated payments from the African banks will receive an
outstanding payment of US$2.8M each.

Irrespective of this matter,We have therefore deposited the total sum of
US$980M (Nine Hundred & Eighty Million U.S Dollars) only with the Bank of
America and have mandated the Management of the Bank of America to release
the sum of US$2.8M to each of the the beneficiaries that have not receive
their allocated payments from the African banks
in the past.

The Bank of America have send Mrs.Katie Krawczyk,The Director,Credit Card
Payments Dept.,Bank of America to the office of International Monetary
Fund( Lagos - Nigeria to handle the smooth and successful transfer of the
US$2.8M to the nominated bank account of
all the allocated fund beneficiaries.

Once you receive this mail from my Publicity Secretary,i want you to get
back to me with immediate effect along with a scanned copy of your
identification,your contact address and your receiving banking details so
that i can forward it by myself to Mrs.Katie Krawczyk,The Director,Credit
Card Payments Dept.,Bank of America over there in Lagos Nigeria for
immediate release of your fund of US$2.8M to your account.

Thanks for your understanding & I look forward hearing from you.

Your's Truly,

Justice Hisashi Owada
President,International Court of Justice
The Hague,Netherlands.

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