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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/IMF" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:13:40 -0700
Subject: Contact Dr.Henry George Below For Your Atm Card

Dear Client,
This is to inform you that a meeting was held by World Bank/IMF in USA During UN Meeting on 24th September 2018, to carry on compensation To The VICTIMS of Scams/Fraud by internet Fraudsters,and your name was among the 20 names listed to be compensate.each with US$1.5 MILLION DOLLARS,You are advice to contact Dr.Henry George With your information such as your Full Name,Address And Your Direct Telephone Number here ( )
Await your response.
Mr.Collins Gerhard

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