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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: "AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:30:12 -0500

From the Desk Of Mrs Koffi Jacques
African Development Bank Group. (
Plot 813, Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama District,

Attention Beneficiary,

I am Mrs. Koffi Jacques Vice President, African Development Bank Group.
This is to bring to your notice that my office has taken over all the
money transactions originated from any part of Africa ,European Asia
countries as contract payment, Fund Inheritance or Lottery Winning due
to Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security
companies in releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorism
and money Laundry activities going on worldwide.

The World Bank Group has mandated the African Development Bank (AFDB)
via my office to release funds to all beneficiaries through a means
preferable by the beneficiary; Hence Your Name appears as one of the
fund beneficiaries whom their fund was successfully cleared for payment.

Your money will be released to you through any means preferable by you
either by the below options.

(1) Through online banking transfer or
(2) Payment through Delivery of ATM CARD
(3) Through {KTT} Bank to Bank wire transfer to avoid paying excess

You are requested to re-confirm the below information proving you the
Bonafide Beneficiary.

(1.) Your Full Name:
(2.) Your Country of Residence:
(3.) Your Direct Phone Number:
(4.) Your Valid Passport ID:

You are therefore advised to re-confirm or direct us for immediate
release of your money, Most importantly be aware that (Five Million
United States Dollars) ($ 5, 000, 000.00) Only was allocated to you as
the approved amount due to you. However for matter of Urgency you are
advise to contact the DR JAMES LARS .DIRECTOR telex transfer
department on this phone +2349076417944 and email: call him as soon as you receive this email for
immediate transfer of your fund very important

Yours faithfully,
Vice President, African Development Bank.
Board of Executive Directors

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