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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: IMF/World Bank Compensation <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:25:00 -0400
Subject: Your IMF/World Bank Compensation Fund

Attn: E-mail Owner / Beneficiary,

OFFICIAL NOTICE: This is to inform you that you've been selected by the IMF / World Bank

member of board directors to receive a compensation funds valued US $ 10,200,000.00 (Ten

Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only, you are among the five lucky e-

mail owner that was selected for this year World Bank Compensation Fund, this selection

usually come up every 10th of March, and luckily for you, your e-mail address is among

the five e-mail addresses that was selected this year 2021

Your compensation funds valued US $ 10,200,000.00 (Ten Million Two Hundred Thousand United

States Dollars) Only from the IMF / WORLD BANK has been signed for immediate pay out to

you, but you need to contact our lawyer for further information on how to claim your World

Bank Compensation Fund.

Contact details below ..............

Name: Barrister. Alfred Morris

Our mission is to sustain economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

Ms. Diane Lawrence
World Bank Compensation Committee Representative.

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