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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: "James Dudley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 11:32:52 -0400

Esteemed Beneficiary, IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR ACCRUED INTEREST FUNDS I am pleased to inform you that your accrued interest valued at US$1,750,000.00 [One million seven hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars], has been approved for immediate release in your favor. The Presidential Payment Advisory Board directed this office to release the accrued interest funds in your favor as a way of alleviating the hardship you have been facing due to the government's inability to release your principal sum. Consequently, you are hereby advised to contact this office with your personal details to facilitate this payment process, as this office has been directed to release this amount to you within the shortest possible time. Respectfully, James A. Dudley Jr. Director,Foreign Payment Disbursement Office World Bank Auditors,North America Regional office Washington U.S.A. Phone:+12064301693

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