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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: National Coordinator <>
Reply-To: National Coordinator <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:46:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Re:Fund

The World Bank Organization in Affiliation with IMF has agreed that a
compensation of $1.5 million Dollars ATM card has been approved in your
name after your Address was drawn automatically through an email ballot

This Compensation program was organized to all the people who have had
unfinished transactions all over the world.Contact Our Zonal Coordinator in person with your details below.

Full Name:
Residence Address:
Age & Sex:
Telephone Number:
State of Origin:

Mr.Fred Koshy

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