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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. Philippe Le Houérou" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 20:41:22 -0800

We are pleased to inform you that your E-MAIL ADDRESS has been selected to receive the sum of $5,000,000.00 (Five Million United States Dollars) in the IFC Global Development Funding Program. Your file Reference Number is (IFC-060290_EC).
All beneficiaries were selected through IFC global random integrated system drawn in 27 million E-mail addresses via the Internet and lucky beneficiaries do not have to purchase any ticket to benefit in this IFC  Global Development Funding Program. It has been agreed upon and has been signed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Management Team and the World Bank Group Board of Directors. Forward your full details such as your name: Telephone Number: Age: Sex: Address and  Your file Reference, for processing and payment of your IFC Global Development  Fund.
Kindly forward your details to:
Contact Person: Rev. Robert Mba.
======= Chief Financial Officer  (World Bank Group)=======
Tel:  +44-7452286707 
We are hoping to hear from you as soon as you received your IFC  Global Development  Fund payment. For more details about IFC  Global Development Funding Program, visit our website:
Mr. Philippe Le Houérou (Chief Executive Officer of IFC)
CC: Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva (Chief Executive of the World Bank)
CC: Mr. Christopher A. Wray (FBI, Director)

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