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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: "IMF&WORLD BANK ORG" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:46:47 -0800
Subject: Attn:Dear Beneficiary"s

IMF& (World Bank Org) Head Office.
IMF With World Bank
Global Poverty Alleviation Programmer

Our Ref:-4C9X0UE3X0.
Your Ref: 35460021.
Dear Beneficiary,.

Your E-mail and name appeared Shortlisted in our payment schedule list of beneficiaries that will receive their funds in this first quarter payment of the year for poverty alleviation programmed.
Now your new Payment, World Bank Approval No; WB5685P, White House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021. Your part payment inheritance fund is One million five hundred Thousand United State Dollars (USD $ 1.5Million).

I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. You are requested to fill and send this information for verification purpose, so that, the bank in charge of the remittance will verify your account before making your fund transfer, your fund value of $ 1.5million united state dollars will be paid to you through online banking method kindly Contact Asia payment center and submit the required information.

Kindly submit the listed details to the payment center via (,) As soon as we receive the required details we shall start the immediate release of the fund.
We look forward to your expedite response.
Yours Faithfully

World Bank Group Chief Financial.
Dr( mrs) Doris Thompson ph.D
(Chairman) IMF Global Debt Committee
Representative Office in ASIA REGION

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