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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Richard Peterson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:46:21 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION BENEFICIARY
To Whom It May Concern,
World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting last week, and meetings of the Financial
Stability Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the WORLD BANK
Scam Victims Compensation approved funds deliberated.
On behalf of the WORLD BANK, we wish to notify you as a beneficiary of
US $2.500.000.00 in compensation of scam victims. This is to bring to
your notice that we are delegated from the WORLD BANK with FBI and
UN .to pay 10 victims of scam US$2.500.000.00 each and others have
claimed their own fund while we have not heard anything from you to
Your E-mail ID were listed and approved as one of the people to
receive this compensation fund US$2 .500.000.00 ($2.5 M USD ) from
WORLD BANK Compensation Commission.
We are directed to compensate scammed victims as it is stipulated in
Section B act 4 of U.N/ W.B. Compensation Commission ( UNCC
)guidelines and regulations of ( 08/04/2012 ) some compensated
Beneficiary has received there fund and yours pending as we have not
heard from you, and this is our second time of contacting in regards to
this urgent compensation funds notification.
The fund was approved so that beneficiaries can invest into their own
private business, it serves as help to financial growth, it serves as
debt reconciliation. Calculate how much you have spent on them yet not
even a cent has been given to you, because they do not have anything
to offer you.
Note: that every claim has an expiring period of One Month so you
have to contact the World Bank urgently to avoid expiration.
WORLD BANK SWITZERLAND/WORLD BANK GROUP WASHINGTON D.C.
Mr. Abraham Weintraub
Chief Executive Officer World Bank
Email : email@example.com
Phone:+1 (901) 402 1393
Endeavor to open communication with them upon receipt of this letter
in order to have this matter done with ASAP .
Thank you in advance in anticipation of your valued co-operation.
Mr. AntÃ³nio Guterres
C/0 Mr.David Lipton
Deputy Managing Director
International Monetary Fund