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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: "Mrs.Linda Luca" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:02:52 +0100
Subject: RE: GOOD NEWS,

>From World Bank Switzerland,
No 1 Postfach CH 4002 Basel Switzerland.


Attention: Beneficiary,

I am instructed to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency
meeting with the World Bank president, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, international
monetary fund (IMF), London and Paris club and (UN) I hereby inform
you that your winnings/inheritance payment file have been Signed and
forwarded to the Wells Fargo Bank America and I am giving you the
contact of your Payment Officer in Wells Fargo Bank America who is in
charge of your fund.

Make sure you contact him with below details because he will help you
get your fund which was deposited in an Escrow Account.

Name: Mr.Chris Allen

Make sure you contact Mr.Chris Allen with your full
name,address,age,your next of kin mobile phone number with a copy of
your valid id. he is the person in charge of the transfer of your fund
via Electronic funds transfer (EFT) from Wells Fargo Bank to any bank
of your choice world wide which you will conduct by your self once the
transfers codes are release to you.

Upon your final transferring of your fund and confirmation in your
account don't fail to keep me posted for record purposes.

Congratulation as i await to hear from you.

Mrs.Linda Luca
World Bank International Auditor.


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