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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: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:58:42 -0600
Subject: [Impotant Notification] Your Outstanding Funds

World Bank Group
In conjunction with VISA Card International
Our Ref: WBG/OHGI/OXD1/208
Payment File: CBB/BN/334

CBB: Immediate Approval for the Release of Your Outstanding Funds

Dear Esteemed Beneficiary,
We officially want to inform you that your name and e-mail address appeared among the list of individuals and companies in the Central Computer database file of unpaid contractors, inheritance next of kin and lottery beneficiaries that was originated from United Kingdom, Africa, Asia, Middle east, America and other European nations where your unpaid fund has been located to a suspense account.

This promotion is organised by the World Bank Group in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Development Association (IDA), Administrative Council of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and our principal sponsor Visa Card International.

This is to inform you that the Central bank of Benin has been instructed under the supervision of the World Bank Group Foreign Debt Settlement Committee to pay all unpaid beneficiaries a part-payment of One Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,650,000.00 USD) each which has already been approved for Payment by our Foreign Payment Bureau. We 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 immediately contact our appointed Fiduciary Agent below for confirmation and re-validation of your file for claims with your Payment Release Form as required below:

Name: William Andrews
Fiduciary Office : Central Bank of Benin

Payment Release Form:
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Telephone:
(3) Address:
(4) Profession, Age:
(5) Payment options -(Choose from below)
a). ATM Card (Note: The ATM Visa Card has a daily withdrawal limit of $10,000.00 USD Per Day from any ATM Card machine worldwide).
b). Bank Transfer
[Just advise if you want your money added to an ATM Card and sent to you OR via Bank to Bank Electronic Transfer].

Send all respose via Email:


Dr. Jim Yong Kim
World Bank Group, President

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