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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: "PHILIP G. SMITH" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:08:29 +0800

Attention Dear Beneficiary,


We are pleased to inform you that The Compensation Funds Payment Reconciliation Committee newly setup by the International Banks for Reconciliation and Development (World Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) based on series of petitions received from individuals, international bodies both corporate and non governmental organizations (NGOs) on the inability of some government of different countries in the world, commercial banks and world lottery organizations to settle their clients contract debt, inheritance and winning prize funds.

After an extensive closed door meeting of the board of directors, it was resolved and agreed upon, that this body, ''The Compensation Funds Payment Reconciliation Committee" will work tirelessly and extensively to ensure that unclaimed funds will be paid out without any hitch and delay through the World Bank and IMF nominated financial institutions to beneficiaries. The total sum of $2.7 Million USD,{Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} initial payment has been endorsed, and approved for payment to you.

Being the second batch of payment issued to various individuals, we have delight in following procedures in the course of payment for our first batch receivers. To safe-guard our clients from extortion of unnecessary payments, we advice that you establish contacts with our attorney, Mr.Kelvin Madu, a human rights lawyer who will render legal services to all beneficiaries who have been listed on our second batch payment schedule.

In other words, he requires little or no fee or charges to ensure that you are on the right track to receiving your funds without being misled.
Conversant with the banking laws and have also handled several debt and payment litigation on behalf of the commission, he will guide you through the payment process.
As soon as you establish contacts with him, he will direct you on how to contact the paying bank for wire transfer of funds to any bank of your choice in your country.
Also note that processing of this payment will commence immediately your processing request is received. You can email your attorney at:

Please do keep the attorney updated in the course of your communication with the bank always; he will take up any legal issues if you are being requested of unnecessary charges.

Yours faithfully,

Philip G.Smith

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