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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/IMF" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:29:27 +0100
Subject: Compensation by Atm Debit Card

A new meeting was held on 14th January 2014 here in Africa with all AFRICA CURRENT AND PAST PRESIDENT IN CONJUNCTION with WORLD BANK/IMF OFFICIALS to reconcile to pay all debts on foreign Contractor who was swindle by Fraudster/Scammers.
After the meeting,a comittee was ingrauated and called DEBTS RECONCILATION COMMITEE to pay a Compensation to the listed Names.
Your name is among 10 scam Victims list to be compensated by World Bank/IMF via ATM CARD each valued at US$1.5 Million.
You are here by advice to send your Full details Such As Your Full Name,Address,Telephone via(  )
DR.George UWA

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