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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: worldbankdelegate <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:31:12 -0300 (BRT)

World Bank Delegate .

Ref.: Final Payment Release Update.

Amount Valued: US$10, 503, 278.00

Ref.: Immediate Funds Transfer Release Update.

Wire Transfer Amount Valued: US$10, 503,278.00

Attn; Sir,Madam,

I am obliged to inform you that we are mandated by the United Nation and
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to release your over due payment
via Online transfer payment.

And now it is our pleasure to inform you that the processing of the
online transfer has been completed, thus, the online has been
successfully issued on your favor as at this morning.

So without delay, you are advised to forward your telephone number with your mailing address,occupation.

Reply email

Awaiting your urgent compliance to this effect,
Thank you,
Mr. Mark Tomilson,

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