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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: "BRYCE CONATSER " <"www.w.">
Reply-To: "BRYCE CONATSER " <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:23:52 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good Day Fund Beneficiary,

Good Day Fund Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that we have been instructed by The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and The World Bank to transfer your compensation fund worth USD8,500,000 USD (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) which is presently in our bank and ready to be transferred to you through our Secured Online Money Transfer System (online bank transfer) or Via our ATM Master Card Delivery to your address (with a daily withdrawal of USD3.000 only) Or we will send you a Certified Cashier Check worth of USD850,000 to your address according to the instruction from The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and The World Bank. Kindly reconfirm your full detail below,

Your Full Names (First, Middle, Last):
Phone/Cell Numbers (office, home, mobile):
Current Home Address:
Copy of your ID/License:
Date of Birth:

Note that the immediate processing of your approved fund will commence as soon as the above details has been received, we await your exigent email response.
+1 972 914 6643

Thanks for your co-operation.


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