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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. Anshula Kant" <>
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 05:55:17 +0100
Subject: Urgent Attention..,

Greetings Dear…,
I am Mrs Ansula Kant, Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director
of the World Bank Group, Washington D.C, USA.

Congratulations I have been informed by the The Department of the
Treasury USA Government regarding a delivery shipment of $32 Million
Dollars. This has been documented to be delivered to you immediately
after the reconfirmation of your information for the necessary

Thanks for understanding and hopes for a positive response from you.

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