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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:

Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2019 16:23:48 -0800

*This message was transferred with a trial version of CommuniGate(r) Pro*
Head of Operations finical services, world bank
Miami International 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami,
FL 33126, United States,
Text or call:(+1) 949-630-0901

Attention Beneficiary,

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder,
That would have been caused by the restrictions implemented by your Internet
Service Provider, I, AGENT MACLEOD urge you to treat this mail with top priority.

My name is Ronald MacLeod; I am the head Operations finical services at the Central Bank/World Bank in charge of the ongoing assistance grant program.
This mail has been sent to you to make you aware that, your compensation payment of three million seven hundred thousand united state dollars ($3.7, 000,000) has been on transit with our bank with no claim from you or your next of kin.

For further enquiries on how claims could be made, do contact me on my email; as soon as possible for more details.

Ronald MacLeod.
For: Central Bank/world bank

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