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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: "George Reichert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:37:58 -0700
Subject: Re: Your PIN

Economic Commission for Africa,
International Banking Sector,
Wealth Management and Payment Unit.

After the recently concluded investigations via the security network of the FBI and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (fincen),Approval have been given by the World Bank Auditors and United Nations Financial Monitoring Group in agreement with the new Government Of Nigeria after series of meetings for the immediate release of your Long Overdue Payment valued at $10.5M.The Mode of payment recommended is Electronic Payment system via International Visa ATM Card type.

Your Personal Identification Number is 2020.

You are advised to forward the under listed information for verification, processing and Programming of your Payment for imediate release.


Forward the above requested information directly to me for immediate action.

Yours Faithfully,
George Reichert
Head, Wealth Management and Payment.
+234 802 069 3616

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