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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. Akin Johnson" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:32:03 -0500

Dear Beneficiary.

We wish to inform you that the United Nations (UN) has authorized us to rem=
it to you the total sum of $2.5million USD (Two Million Five Hundred Thousa=
nd United State Dollars). This amount is to be paid to you because of the=
fact that you were selected as a beneficiary of the United Nations Povert=
y Alliviation Program (UNPAP) held in United State of America Washington DC=
, by the United Nations. This program is inline with the social responsibil=
ity of the United Nations Organization, which is held once every year to ch=
ange the living status of seven (7) lives around the Globe.

The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loan=
s to countries of the world for capital programs. It comprises two institut=
ions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and=
the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank is an inte=
rnational organization dedicated to providing financing, advice and researc=
h to developing nations to aid their economic advancement. The World Bank w=
as created out of the Bretton Woods agreement as a result of many European =
and Asian countries needing financing to fund reconstruction efforts.

The World Bank Group (WBG) is a family of five international organizations =
that make leveraged loans to developing countries. It is the largest and mo=
st famous development bank in the world and is an observer at the United Na=
tions Development Group. The World Bank's money comes from a number of diff=
erent sources. IBRD, which provides loans to middle-income countries and to=
poorer countries able to repay loans at terms based on market rates, raise=
s most of its funds on the world's financial markets by selling World Bank =
bonds to investors.

The World Bank was created at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, along with=
three other institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF).=
The president of the World Bank is, traditionally, an American. The World =
Bank and the IMF are both based in Washington, D.C, and work closely with e=
ach other.

Your Inheritance/Winning payment was paid to us, by United Nations and they=
have successfully succeeded in depositing your whole Funds with us here at=
Minnesota Sloan Bank (MSB). They have now ordered us to take full responsi=
bility in the Wire transfer process of the whole $2.5 Million USD (Two Mill=
iob Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) to your nominated Bank Acc=
ount or if you want the Funds to be issued into an ATM Master Card for you =
which you will have access to withdraw $2,000 dollars daily. That means tha=
t you will continously receive a daily limit of $2,000.00USD from the Card =
and you can make use of this Card at any ATM Machine all over the World.

To begin this transaction now, you need to send us the details below to ena=
ble us proceed on how to get this Card to you in your home address.

Also have it in mind that you have two method of receiving your Funds, so i=
t is left to you now to make a choice of delivery either by Wire Transfer o=
r by ATM card.

Note that Wire Transfer will cost you $200.
Delivery of the Card will cost you $150.

Below are the information needed for now for your transfer.
1. Personal Details:
Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Mobile Number:

Yours sincerely.
Mr. Akin Johnson.

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