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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: "WORLD BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 03:08:45 -0700

WORLD BANK Foreign Remittance Department,


Uited Nations approved Ten Million Dollars $ for you as part of compensation. If you fail to cotact bank within three banking days your fund will be confiscate to the Government treasury, to avoid this ugly situation we have decided to consult the Group managing Director of Banks in Africa to assist us get your fund transfer through Bank online account or ATM CARD since we having difficulties to get the fund transferred to you via Western Union.

Guaranty Trust Bank Ghana has a tremendous records since its inception in sending some huge amount out of this country to any destination account world wide because of this we have deposited your fund to the Bank vault account to get your fund transfer to your account as soon as you contact the Foreign Remittance Director, On this important development which we consider as a good news we hereby advise you to go ahead and contact the Director of Bank which is one of the biggest Bank in this part of the world.

Mr. John Duggan,
Group Director,
Guaranty Trust Bank,
Foreign Remittance Department,

Go ahead and contact him on his e-mail and call him on his telephone number as you contact him to enable him get your online bank account and get the fund transfer to your nominated Bank account immediately through the Bank specialize Electronics Swift transfer which will take only 48 hours for all the fund to be reflected to your own Bank account.

Provide your personal information below as you contact him for more identification that there sending the fund to the right person.

Your full name:?
Your Complete mailing Address:?
Your Telephone Number:?
Your Occupation:?

All these is been needed as you contact the Bank Director on his e-mail and telephone as well, Keep me noted as soon as the fund enter into your account for our official perusal.

Kristalina Georgieva
World Bank President.

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