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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: "Gonzalo Ayala" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:23:24 -0700

In regards to the recent meeting between World Bank, UN and the United States Government to restore the dignity and economy of all nations based on the agreement with Assistance Project to help and make the world a better place. We have being meeting for the past 1 month with the New UN Secretary General, US President and other world leaders.

Also based on series of petitions we received from various organizations such as Cooperate Bodies and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) on the inability of some Government of different countries, Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization to settle their clients Contract debt, Inheritance Fund and Winning prizes.

This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world. This includes all foreign contractors/beneficiaries that may have not received their payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government problems etc.

The World Bank Group through Assistance Project have agreed to compensate you with the sum of 7,500,000.00 USD (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

You are to fill out the below requested information to enable us complete the verification process and release your fund to you.

Your Full Name:

Home Address:

Direct Telephone/Cellphone number:


This message is as a result of the approval in your favor. You are advised to comply promptly to expedite the verification and release. .

Have a blessed day. I await for your reply soon.

Making the world a better place!

Gonzalo Ayala.
Chief Financial Officer
Savoy Bank New York
(917) 633-7770

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