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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 06:17:43 +0800
Subject: TRANSFER OF $20.5M DOLLARS.....Reply

Attn: Beneficiary
I am Mrs. Evelyn Coker Director of Foreign Remittance Department World Bank Group Nigeria. I am here in to inform you that your US$20.5M (Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) is ready to transfer into your bank account immediately you reconfirm your full details to us.
Your file appears in my desk two days ago Through IMF office and Central Bank of Nigeria, that you are among people approved to be paid through World Bank Group that is the reason why we contact you.
We are here to assist you financially if you are thoroughly interested to claim your fund then you have contact us with your full information listed below.
1) Your full name.
2) Contact Address
3) Phone, fax and mobile #.
4) Age.
5) Occupation.
6) Your bank details
Yours truly
Mrs. Evelyn Coker/Dr. Michael Collins
World Bank Auditors
Director Foreign Remittance Department/Special Duties
Office Hot Line +234-12952920 or Mobile Number +234-8144129086

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