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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: "Mr. Frank Anthony" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:57:06 -0700
Subject: Hello My Dear,

From The World Bank Group.
Department of International
correspondence on Finance,
Pretoria, South Africa

Hello Dear,

With reference to my effort to reach you via telephone call, I delighted to inform you that I have seen the problem over your UNRESOLVED fund.

This fund supposed to be in your position long ago but those that sign on your behalf the Bond Release Order documents did not know the exactly amount that is in the system,And that is why you have been having problem with out success.

I know the solution to your problem and that is why i am contacting you now.One thing i will need from you is sincerity and i will guild you in the proper way to receive the fund.

I will not say much till i hear back from you.All that i know is that with me you will receive the fund with out any problem because fund is in your name as the Beneficiary of the fund.

Once i hear back from you i will give you more details on how this will be done.And you will receive the fund in your country legally your Bank and Government will know you are receiving the fund base on my arrangement.

Send to me your direct mobile phone number to reach you and your Drivers License copy via this email ( )

You can call me with this number +27603644480 and wait for my direction.

Remain bless as i wait to hear from you.

Mr.Frank Anthony
Department of International
correspondence on Finance,
Pretoria, South Africa

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