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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: "Danielle Norris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:40:48 -0800
Subject: Have You Received Your Funds??.

Hello dear,
Did Mr. Allen Metcalfe reached you as instructed by the World Bank regarding your fortunes in the on going program? If not yet done, contact him right now for your $4,600,000.00 United States Dollars Inheritance Funds from the World Bank under the WORLD DEBT SUPPORT also known as FADAMA. As it has been legally approved to transfer to you through their Western Union Payment order.
The Western Union Head Office Benin Republic has been instructed to transfer the funds to you with immediate effect once they got in contact with you but if they have not reached you, urgently contact them with the email and information as follow;
Tell; +22999021041
Contact person Mr. Allen J. Metcalfe. He is the remittance manager on the foreign affair and he is in charge of your funds transfer.
All you need to do is to contact him with the above information I gave you if he has not reached you and give him your detail on where they will be sending you your funds and he will use the information to obtain the Funds Transfer Release Order in your name from the Federal Ministry of Justice and Finance Co-operation to start your funds transfer immediately.

Danielle Norris.

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