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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 Scott Wright" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2018 05:47:58 -0700
Subject: Reconfirm change of Account.

World Bank Assisted Program
Directorate Of International
Payment And Transfer.
Debt Reconciliation/Audit Unit
United Nations Headquarters,
New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.

Our Ref: WB/NF/UN/XX028 United Nations.
TEL/FAX +1347-802-2905

Attention: Beneficiary :
Since we are working 24 hours to complete the payment list short listed at the payment notice Board for 2016 which your name is included as overdue payment.

Once again be informed that this commission was set up by the United States Government in conjunction with World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United Nations (UN) to properly investigate the legitimacy of your , inheritance payments, and compensation claims by Companies . Individuals and direct the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the legitimate fund beneficiaries without further Delay

As a matter of fact, we are not surprised that you said you did not authorize Mrs Elizabeth Johnson . from USA who claimed to be your next of kin to receive your approved sum of payment of US$5,500,000.00 on your behalf into his below stated bank account as she claimed

Bank Name: ABN AMRO Bank Sweden
Bank Address: N V Stockholm Branch, Stockholm Sweden
Account Name: Elizabeth Johnson
Account Number: 10138816
Sort/Award BSB Number: 062239
Swift Code: CTBASW2S.

And also you did not authorized or gave power of attorney to any person to represent you in this transaction or to receive the approved funds in your favor on your behalf. After all investigation along with you quick response she has been arrested and handed over to the security for proper prosecution.
You are advised to reconfirm the following details to enable us proceed for immediate release of your fund without delay. Note all the charges has been paid by authority, you are only required to secure Court Affidavit of claim and Claim Identification Certificate (CIC).

1-Beneficiary Name.

2-Correct address :

3-Reconfirm ID.....

4-Telephone and Fax number.

You are required to make choice on the following payment options and reconfirm your Bank details for immediate release of your fund among the last batch.

1-Telegraphic wire Transfer
2-Atm Card delivery.
3-Bank Draft.

On the submission of the above details and procurement of Court Affidavit and CIC (Claim Identification Code) The Bank will proceed for Immediate Release of your fund with 72 hours.

Mr Scott Wright

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