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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: "African Development Bank (AfDB)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 06:12:19 +0200

My Dear  Friend

After several attempt to reach you on phone, The United Nations in cooperation with World Bank have agreed to compensate you with the sum of ($2.500.000.0 Two Million Five Thousand US Dollars) after your name and email was submitted by the Internet International Monitoring Group during the UNCC Conference Meeting which was held this 21/2/2020 edition with UN Secretary General António Guterres in Geneva Switzerland. This payment Program is
organized for charity organization for Scam victims and development.

Your e-mail appeared among the (110) beneficiaries for the year 2020/2021 who will receive the sum of $2.500.000.0 Two Million Five Thousand US Dollars which has been issued by International BANK of AFRICA, it has been approved for immediate delivery to you.

Your urgent response to Jason Bailey; who will help you facilitate the onward delivery of your Bank Draft by Deutsche Post courier, Contact Jason Bailey by whatsapp +447438383174 E-mail: (

Send to Him the below details.

1. Your Full Name,
2. Address,
3. Tel:No, and a scan Copy Of You Identification (ID)

Thanks, God bless you and your family.

Mr. Dhelp Portlorah (International remittance dept).
For: Management
African Development Bank (AfDB)

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