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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, 23 Aug 2016 17:18:37 -0700
Subject: Act Quickly In Regards....$58.4M Release. ....Funds.


I must apologize for the late response to informed you about your funds $58,4M United State Dollars been withheld by the international communities for the pass years the International Monetary Funds Lawyer have been able to work things out for over 500 client all over the world whom funds have been seized for long and an agreement have been reached to release this funds to you as soon as all protocols have been meant.

Am using this medium to inform you that the $58,4M have been ready for transfer as soon as the transfer charges and other banking legalities documentation have been meant,

The Washington, D.C., United States head office of IMF and the president of World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim has authorize the paying bank .to effect the payment immediately each client have followed due process paying all legalities.

Be informed that the total amount needed to get this $58.4M release to you is about $350,000 United State Dollars as soon as this fee is paid your funds will be remitted to your bank account without any further delays so i urge you to act upon the receipt of this mail with immediately effect.

You are advise to note that the paying bank is in USA,BANK OF AMERICA so immediately i hear from you and the following details is received,i shall inform you the next procedures and how to remit the $350,000 to the bank .

Full name:
Home address:
Direct cell number:
A copy of your id:
Age :
Marital Status


Particulars Of Beneficiary
Company Name
Company Address
Name Of Bank
Bank Address
Account Number
Routing Number
Swift Code

Your cogent response will be awaited .

Mr Dara Betty

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