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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:

Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2022 21:59:21 +0100
Subject: Good day Humble Beneficiary,

World Trade Organization/Headquarters,
The Centre William Rappard (CWR) - in Geneva, Switzerland,
Gateway to the Alps, Western end of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
Nigerian-American economist and international development.

Good day Humble Beneficiary,

I am Ms. Ngozi Okonjor-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade
Organization (WTO),The former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and the
former managing director of World Bank in conjunction with the
managing director of the International Monetary Fund IMF who's name is
Ms. Kristalina Geoegieva. Nigerian-American and international
development economist. Did You Instruct One Ms. Donna K. Heberling, To
Claim Your US$32,700.000.00. The above-mentioned person visited this
Office 10:45 am yesterday, with a power of attorney given in her favor
by your good self, granting her the benefit to process and claim your
pending fund valued US$32,700,000.00 (Thirty Two Million, Seven
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for personal reasons.

She further stated that you are one of the Coronavirus diseases
(COVID-19) victims as you did not survive but you grant her a power of
attorney to claim your pending funds before you pass away. Please
answer this very important question, are you (Dead OR Alive). Our
office has asked Ms. Donna K. Heberling, to return back to this office
within (48) working hours to enable us to have a personal
confirmation from you being hitherto the beneficiary.

(1.) Did you instruct one Ms. Donna K. Heberling, of 1200 Fitch Way,
Sacramento, Ca 95864, to claim and receive the payment on your behalf
because you are dead?
(2.) Did you sign any 'Deed of Assignment' in her favor thereby making
her the current beneficiary/Next of Kin to receive your pending fund?

Now your new Payment,
United Nation Approval No; UN5685P,
White House Approved No: WH44CV,
Reference No.-35460021,
Allocation No: 674632
Password No: 339331,
Pin Code No: 55674
Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103,
Released Code No: 0002;
Immediate (WTO) Telex confirmation No: -1114433;
Secret Code No: XXTN013.

Reconfirm your information.

Your full name.............
Phone Number...........
Full address............
WhatsApp Number...............
Copy of your ID Card........
Your Country...............

We have decided to contact you for re-verification because we suspect
that Mr. Donna K. Heberling is trying to divert your money through the
sworn affidavit into a new different bank account. You are advised to
get back to this office within 7 days from today by
( Ms. Kritalina Georgieva the
managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).You can
also reply to me in this email.

Best Regards,
Nigerian-American economist and international development.
Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
The Centre William Rappard (CWR) - in Geneva, Switzerland,
Gateway to the Alps, Western end of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)
Phone Text and Calls Only: +1 (208) 834-1993

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