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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: David Leitch <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 05:32:25 +0100


We are delighted to inform you on fund Transfer through our bank, Bank
of America, New York, to your bank account, which has been officially
approved by the management of World Bank Swiss (WBS) to credit the sum
of US$10 Million only, into your bank account.

This fund was part of the lodged Late President Saddam Hussein of Iraq
discovery fund with World Bank of Switzerland,which the Swiss Bank has
decided to distribute it generously to help few lucky individuals and
the American Government is in agreement with the Swiss Bank to
distribute the fund to 700 hundred thousand people in America,
Europe,Asia & Africa in other to help improve their businesses.

To this effort,you are required to send to us your bellow information
via email( )as soon as you get this message
for the immediately process to the transfer of the fund into your bank

1.Your full name and address
2.Your Direct telephone
3.Your Occupation

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. David G. Leitch

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