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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: "William C. Dudley" <>
Reply-To: "William C. Dudley" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:52:37 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear Humble Beneficiary,

This message requires your urgent reply and attention now. My name is Mr. William C. Dudley, the president of Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Our electronic investigation today has shown that you lost a lot of money to some scamers in Africa.

For this reason, the World Bank has instructed The Federal Reserve Bank of New York pay you the sum of Five Million Dollars ($5.000.000=00) This amount of $5.000.000=00 is compensation from the World bank. You will receive this amount of $5.000.000=00 from The Federal Reserve Bank of New York as the paying bank.

Your fund approved number is 0068.

To proceed with the claim of your money, Please make sure you provide me with the below information

1. Your full name.....................

2. Your full address.....................

3. Your mobile phone number...........

Mr. William C. Dudley

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