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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. James Watson" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. James Watson" <>,
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 16:25:29 +0100
Subject: Congratulations once again from all our staff.

The World Bank
New York Regional Office
1 Dag Hammarskjold plaza, 885 2nd Avenue,
26th floor, New York, NY 10017, USA

Dear Sir, Madam.

Congratulation! You have been awarded/Compensation the sum of $755,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty-five Thousand United States Dollars) from World Bank as a result of the on-going World Bank Fund Assisted Program organized by the World Bank to reduce the rampant growth of poverty all over the world today. This year's program has been designed to give out lump sum to fewer individuals and Corporate bodies. Emails listed on the internet were picked at random from different websites, discussion groups, guestbook and search engines for final selection and grants.

Your e-mail address attach to Reference number;12457851245212 with serial number 24512-235665, batch number: WB142/24120KYT was picked by our automated computer ballot system, which was programmed for a random selection and this has qualified you the sole beneficiary for the lump sum of $755,000.00. Please contact the payment officer at First Citizens Bank North Carolina via the info below to finalize your funds transfer arrangement.

First Citizens Bank
239 Fayetteville Street Raleigh NC 27601 USA
Contact Person: Mr. Peter M. Bristow Jr. (Payment Officer)

E-mail the payment Officer immediately you receive this letter and remember to quote your Reference and batch numbers in your correspondence, including a scan copy of your Identification proof to enable him identify your file and attend to you quickly.

NOTE: This award is valid for 14 days and failure to forward claims before the expiration of this period will automatically void your claim.

Congratulations once again from all our staff.


Mr. James Watson
New York Coordinator,
World Bank Fund Assisted Programonce again from all our staff.

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