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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: "Jessica McGregor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:15:16 -0700
Subject: Re: Very Important Transaction

Top  of the day to you,
I am associate Consultant of the World Bank Group, After due deliberation with my Senior partner Who will be in communication upon your reply, I decide  to forward to you this business proposal, we want you to assist us receive the sum of Sixty Five  million, (US$65 M) into your designated account for onward investment on our behalf.
This fund resulted from an over-invoiced contract awarded by us under the budget allocation to World Bank Group and the bill was approved for payment by the concerned all departments. The contract was executed, commissioned and the main contractor was paid his actual cost of the contract.
Now, we are left with the balance of US$65 Million in an escrow account, which we have deliberately over Invoice for our Personal use and for investment purposes  to secure our future and retirement and also give back to charity.
We have agreed to share the US$ 65 million as thus:
60% FOR US
35% YOU
You are therefore advised to furnish us the following information as thus:
Your full names / Full Address
Telephone numbers/  Mobile Phone
Note that this transaction is very much free from all sorts of risk hence the business is carefully planned before were contacted  for onward executions and we have top personalities  are involved  in this project and this is put together for our retirement benefits, that will take care of us when retired.
Therefore, we demand absolute secrecy and confidentiality in this project. Let honesty and trust be our watchword throughout this transaction. I shall furnish you with more details about myself  and  the project upon your response.
Warmest Regards
Jessica McGregor
Associate Consultant
World Bank Group

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