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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" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 11:56:46 -0700
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary

World Bank Switzerland,
No 1 Postfach CH 4002 Basel Switzerland.


Attention: Beneficiary,

I am instructed to keep you posted on the outcome of our emergency meeting with the World Bank president, David R. Malpass,

international monetary fund (IMF), London and Paris club and (UN) I hereby inform you that your winnings/inheritance payment

file have been Signed and forwarded to the First National Bank of America USA and I am giving you the contact of your

Payment Officer in First National Bank of America USA who is in charge of your fund.

Make sure you contact him with below details because he will guild you on how to get your fund via online banking which was

deposited in First National Bank of America USA Internal account.

Bank Name: First National Bank of America
Name: CEO.Vincent J. Delie, Jr

Make sure you contact Mr.Vincent J. Delie, Jr with your

Full Name:
Home Address:
Next Of Kin:
Mobile phone:
valid ID:

The person in charge of the transfer of your fund via Online Transfer from First National Bank of America USA to any bank of

your choice worldwide. Upon your final transferring of your fund and confirmation in your account don't fail to keep me

posted for record purposes.

Congratulations as I await to hear from you.

Mrs.Bucher Pavel.
World Bank International Auditor Switzerland.

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