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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: "From World Bank Group" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:59:05 -0800
Subject: Re:Top Urgent 19/02/2018

From The World Bank Group.
Department of International
correspondence on Finance,
Pretoria, South Africa
Dear Sir,
I know you are very well with your business and family,I thank God for that.
With reference to my effort to reach you via telephone call, I delighted to inform you that I have seen the problem over your UNRESOLVED fund.
This fund supposed to be in your position long ago but those that sign on your behalf the Bond Release Order documents did not know the exactly amount that is in the system,And that is why you have been having problem with out success.
I know the solution to your problem and that is why i am contacting you now.One thing i will need from you is sincerity and i will guild you in the proper way to receive the fund but you will assure me that you will not leak the secret once open to you.Meanwhile I found out that you are not the original owner of this fund and some people in the Government want to use you to receive the fund out side the country and they don't know the exactly amount they suppose to tell you that you will receive because the original owner of this fund is no where to be found over 20 years.And that is why you have not receive the fund till date,today they will tell you difference amount and tomorrow another because they don't have access to the Banking System.
I will not say much till i hear back from you.All that i know is that with me you will receive the fund with out any problem because fund is in your name as the next of kin.
Once i hear back from you i will give you more details on how this will be done.And you will receive the fund in your country legally your Bank and Government will know you are receiving the fund.
Send to me your direct mobile phone number to reach you and your Drivers License copy via this email (  )
You can call me with this number +27603644480 and wait for my direction.
Remain bless as i wait to hear from you.
Mr.Frank Anthony
Department of International
correspondence on Finance,
Pretoria, South Africa

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