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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: Mr. Wallace Weeks <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:18:38 +0200 (CEST)

>From The Deck

Of Mr Wallace Weeks

Payment Center

We genuinely contacted you based on that payment instruction we received from IMF. The Board of Governors and Executive Board of IMF has unanimously approved all outstanding foreign debts owed to contractors, contract inheritance payments, lottery winners and beneficiaries whose payment have been pending.

After a meeting with the United Nations and World Bank in New York, based on the fraudulent activities going on at present, It was alarmed so that beneficiaries who have lost so much funds to various scams, syndicates operating all over the world. We have instructed the payment of all the scammed victims, contract inheritance payments, lottery winners and genuine contractors whose debts has been outstanding for a long time now ,through Sun Trust Bank under the funding assistance of the World Bank.

Note: out-of twenty selected beneficiaries approved for payment, your name and your contact address appeared in our file as one of the living beneficiary to receive US$1,5000,000.00 (Eight million Five hundred thousand united states dollars) via Telex Wire Transfer.

I wish to inform you that all matters relating to the release of all contract and inheritance funds are now under our control. This development has become necessary due to the activities of unpatriotic government officials and impostors who keep on frustrating every effort to settle beneficiaries.

Please provide the following for more information:

Your Full Name………………..

Your Direct Telephone Number………………..

Your Age.....



Finally, Response Should be Made Immediately or you can txt me +1-434-563-1832

for you.

Waiting for your immediate response.

Thanks for your Co-operation.

Wallace Weeks

Payment Center


Sun Trust Bank

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