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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: "Mrs. Elizabeth Castro" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 01:39:28 +0100
Subject: Greetings : Beneficiary

Greetings : Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that we have been having a meeting for the
past Seven month which ended Two days ago with Dr. Robert B. Rollick the
World Bank President and Hon. Mrs. Christine Laggard (IMF) Director
General, in the meeting we treated on Scam victim problems.
The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) on recommendations of International
Monitoring Group (IMG) have agreed to compensate you with the sum of One
million two Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$1.200, 000.00) this also includes
international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc?
We have arranged your payment through ATM VISA CARD or direct transfer
into your bank account which is the latest instruction from World Bank

Contact us with your details as shown below for further instruction to
email address :,

1. Full Name:.........
2. Country:........
3. Address:..........
4. Telephone:..............& Occupation.......
5. Your Age...... /Sex..........

Mrs. Elizabeth Castro
CC: Hon. Mrs. Christine Lagarde
CC: World Bank Group
CC: Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General

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