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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: IFC Global Development Funds <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:07:26 -0500


We are pleased to inform you that your E-MAIL ADDRESS has been selected to
receive the sum of 5,00,000.00 (Five hundred thousand United States
Dollars) in the IFC Global Development Funding Program. Your file Reference
Number is (IFC-3602020_EC).

All beneficiaries were selected through the IFC global system drawn in
millions of Email addresses via the Internet and lucky beneficiaries do not
have to purchase any ticket to participate in this IFC Global Development
Funding Program. It has been approved by the IFC Management Team and the
World Bank Group Board of Directors. Forward your full details such as your
name: Telephone Number: Age: Sex: Address and Your file Reference, for
processing and payment of your IFC Global Development Fund.

For more details about IFC Global Development Impact, visit our website:

Regards, Mr. Philippe Le Houérou (Chief Executive Officer of IFC)
CC: Mrs. Anshula Kant (MD and Chief Financial Officer World Bank Group)
CC: Mr. Christopher A. Wray (FBI, Director)

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is
because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider,
we (IFC Team) urge you to treat it genuinely.

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