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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: "Mr. Asad Alam" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:08:00 +0100
Subject: From: World Bank Financial Experts.

Attention Beneficiary

Based on the final audit of the year 2016 by the World Bank and Swiss
Economic recovery and reconciliation committee we bring to your attention
that we have received the instruction to remit to you part of your
contract/inheritance fund valued at USD$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million,
Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) Only which was delayed due to
unforeseen circumstance, at present your money will be transfer to you as
soon as you are able to re-confirm the below information.

Personal Details:

Your Full Names

Physical Address



Your direct cell/ mobile number

You are expected to respond to this email within 2 days using my private
email to avoid closing your file as


Mr. Asad Alam

World Bank Financial Experts

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