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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.David Robertson" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 19:09:15 +0100

Banker Perimeter Center Branch
Wells Fargo
Atlanta, GA, USA
via Wells Fargo
This is to inform you that a compensation payment in the amount of
US$5,000,000.00 (FIVE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) was legally
approved and deposited few
days ago in our Wells Fargo bank Branch Office here in Atlanta Georgia
United States, and it was deposited in your name by the foreign debts
compensation committee of the Executive Directors Of World

Bank Group in conjunction with the European Union Board Of Directors,
and they instructed us to credit this fund direct to your private bank
account with
immediate effect, Meanwhile, the good news about your fund now is that
your compensation payment file with some of the legal documents
backing this fund has
been forwarded to the US Department of State and the United Nations
for final approval, And we shall proceed with the

transfer immediately we hear from you because we were mandated to
transfer this fund to you as one of the beneficiary whose the name is
listed in the World Bank foreign debts settlement/compensation
However, Please note that Wells Fargo bank have decided and agreed
together to send this payment to you by either bank wire transfer,
online bank or by ATM
Card, means depending on the option you would prefer to receive this fund for
security purpose, so you are therefore advised to quickly get back to
the management of this bank and let us know the option you choose to
have your fund

credited into your account.
We wait your immediate response with your information below to enable
Wells Fargo bank proceeds immediately with the transfer of your fund
as we were
Full Name:
Home Address:
Valid Phone number:
Country/State United
banking full details
Kindly get back to us by reconfirming your full information.
Thank you, God Bless American.
Email Address,
Phone Number text or call +1(515)563-9470
Mr.David Robertson

Wells Fargo bank Georgia United States Banker Perimeter Center Branch
Wells Fargo
Atlanta, GA, USA
via Wells Fargo

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