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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: "Mr. Adam Thompson" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 19:25:54 +0100


We have been authorized by the director general and the governing body of
the WORLD BANK, to investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment after
approval in your favour. During the course of our investigation, we
discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by
corrupt officials of the Bank who are trying to divert your funds into
their private accounts.

To end this criminal activity and for security of your funds, you have been
issued with security Identification IFC09-WB2021-17CCXX65(PIN16)/ ATM CARD
and this will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds.
Today payment order has been issued in your favour by the World Bank Group
and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

We are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions;
draft has been issued and credited to your favour through ATM VISA CARD
valued at $10,500,000,00. We advise that you furnish us with the below: -

Your Full Name:
Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your ATM Card To or (P.O
Your Age:
Telephone Numbers:

Contact; Mr. Adam Thompson

Sincerely, Mr. Adam Thompson

International finance corporation (IFC)
The World Bank/Debt Recovery & Settlement Department
(Fact-finding committee on Economic Matters

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