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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: "Laura" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 22:51:33 -0600

1818 H Street, NW Washington,
DC 20433,USA.
Attention: Beneficiary
The subject matter refers:
Please bear with us for making this initial contact through email.
In partnership with the United Nations(UN) and the International Monetary Fund(IMF), an agreement was reached between both organization to settle all outstanding payments all over the world accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. Please be informed that your contact email was obtained from email directory through the International Chamber of Commerce(ICC) for the purpose of writing you to notify you that you have been selected and approved as beneficiary to receive your own payment.
Th e payment will be released to you through direct TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER .Upon the provision of your Banking account details for your express funds transfer.
All it takes to enable you receive your fund is for you to accurately reconfirm the required details below so we can facilitate the immediate release of your fund to you by WIRE which is the most secured and acceptable International Payment As regards to this arrangement You are advised to contact the  desk of MR. ABBA KYARI Chief of Staff to Nigeria's President since your funds originated from Nigeria. Please be prompt to contact him on his email ( reconfirm the required details below:
(1) Bank Details
(2) Direct Phone Number
(3) Contact address:
(4) A copy of your Valid ID card or Int'l passport
(5) Expected Amount
Office of the Chief of Staff to the  President
Mr. Abba Kyari
Contact email :
Make your contact quickly and expressly to him now irrespective of the time as he is waiting for your attention for your funds and it's transfer interest into your provided account.
NOTE: This office is going to supervise the transaction till your funds are wired.
Thank you.
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Laura Hoffman
For President, World Bank
Motto: Working for a World Free of Poverty.

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