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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: "World Cyber-Crime Security" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 04:20:43 +0700
Subject: Scam Compensation::

382 Channel Drive,
Port Washington, NY  11050,
United States Of America
Good day, This is the World Cyber-Crime Security Department, we have vital mission: to secure the federation from the many threats we are facing as well as internet Fraudsters. This requires the dedication of more than 130,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from Cyber Security analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is to clear & keeping the entire World Safe.
We are happy to inform you that your Compensation Funds valued Approved by the World Bank Mass Assisted Project Funds (WBMAPF) of US$3,500,000.00 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) have been approved by the Cyber-crime Security Department of the United State Of America (USA). Kindly get back to us with your information for further directives such as your Full Name: Country: State: Residential Address: Delivery Address: Sex: Age: Direct Number: Occupation& Fax Numbers: Private Email Address:
The collaboration between the Major Fraud Squad, MFS of the WA Police and the West Africa EFCC is the latest for Nigeria’s foremost Anti-Graft Agency and its foreign counterparts. Other Agencies which the EFCC collaborate in, its efforts to eradicate Economic and Financial crimes are London Metropolitan Police, US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Once again: The sum of $3.5 Million dollars approved in your name through World Bank mass assisted project Funds. This compensation involves business investment Failure, Inheritance, Contracts, Lottery, Dating, Diplomatic Payment, E.T.C, the mass assisted fund was approved to settle failed business / scam Compensation.We wait for your urgent respond along with the requested above details in other to enable us commence immediately with your Compensation Fund.
Note: That you must keep this strictly confidential which means that you are precluded from discussing your approved compensation fund with 3rd parties such as (Family Members, Friends and Relatives). This is to prevent unlawful tampering and a means to reduce risks of Fraud and Scams from taking Place, This is your verification approved compensation Security Code, which is needed in your respond to Us: (CCS4141):
Dr. Winston Parker
World Cyber-Crime Security
Telephone: +1 508 319 9720.
Fax No: +1 844-774-6340.

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