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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: "International Finance Corporation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:46:41 +0100
Subject: The Power of Attorney on your Accounts.

Plot PC 10 off Idowu Taylor Street
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The International Finance Corporation (subsidiary and member of the World Bank Group) has been mandated by the World Bank and accepted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to handle the payment of all outstanding debts owed by Nigeria.
Please, note that a Power of Attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by a British woman named Mrs. Audrey Claude. This woman claims to be your representative and the Power of Attorney stated that you died of throat cancer. She also brought an account to replace your information in other to claim your US$10.5M which is now lying dormant and unclaimed because the proper procedure for payment had not been followed by you before now. She submitted the account details below:
Islamic Bank of Britain Plc.
394 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 0UF - UK.
ACCOUNT NO. 7456-2013-87
If you are still alive, you are to contact us back immediately and without delay. We work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiarie's inheritance /contract funds. Give us a call on +234-708-1555-604 immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hours to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately.
Just also be informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous as we will not be held responsible for any wrong payment. While waiting for your telephone call, go ahead and forward your details to:
International Finance Corporation

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