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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: E.FOX U.M.W <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2015 15:24:15 -0800
Subject: Your Funds Letter From World Bank

177 K ST NW #400
WASHINGTON D.C,,DC20006-1500

Dear Email Owner/Fund Beneficiary


We have actually been authorized by the newly appointed United Nation Monetary Unit,to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment,categorized and approved in your favor as contract type/inheritance/unpaid contract fund sand undelivered diplomatic assigned luggage. during the course of our investigation,We discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank and Agent who are trying to divert your funds/luggage into their private account.

To forestall security and unnecessarily delay again,your funds has been load in ATM VISA CARD and personal identification PIN number assign to it;this will enable only you to have direct control over your funds in the ATM CARD.We will monitor this payment ourselves to avoid the hopeless situation created by the corrupt bank officials.

An irrevocable payment grantee has been used by International Monetary Fund (IMF),Bank of England and Reserve Bank of South Africa on your payment However,we are happy to inform you that base on our recommendation/instruction,your(UN) approved compensation fund of $10,497,000.000 (Ten Million Four Hundred and Ninety Seven Thousand usd)have credited in your favor through ATM MASTER CARD.

You are therefore to contact;

MR Akinwata Thomas
(Compensation Redemption Administrative Agent)
Email;( )

Contact Mr. Akinwata Thomas now for the delivery of your approved ATM Master Card valued $10,497.000.000.As soon as you establish a contact with him,an ATM card will be issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any ATM Machine any part of the world.

NOTE;You are advised to furnish Mr. Akinwata Thomas with your correct and valid details in the requested information bellow.We expect your urgent respond to this email enable us monitor this payment effectively.

1.Your Age;
3.Your Full Name;
4.Telephone Numbers;
5.Your Address Where the ATM Card will be delivered


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