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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.CRYSTAL GORDON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:59:06 -0800

From the desk of
Mrs. Crystal Gordon
Director Human right activist
International Criminal Court


We are contacting you based on the directives and instructions given to us by the World Bank headquarters Washington, D.C., United States, we the International Criminal Court. A mandate is given to us to scrutinize and verify all the listed names and details forwarded to our desk to ascertain their claims as a victim of fraud. This program is organized by the World Bank compensation management programs in Geneva Switzerland and the World Bank headquarters Washington, D.C., United States

Secondly, to notify all beneficiaries trying to receive funds via the African/ United Kingdom /United States since the announcement of the Briexit, all transactions in connection with the world bank and United Nations have been withdrawn from the United Kingdom/United States and have channeled their payment via the appointed affiliate Institution South East Bank.

Based on the above subject ,and for the fact that your name in among the list , you are advised to reconfirm your details so that we can ascertain your claim and give you a recognition for you to receive your funds via the appropriate and approved institution within the next couple of days.

Note that the earlier you send in your details the better chance for you to receive your fund.

Your Full Names;…………..
Your Country of Origin:………
Your Occupation:………….
Your Age:……………………..
Your Next of Kin:………….
Means of Identification:…..
Phone Number:………….

Looking forward to your swift response

Yours Truly
Mrs. Crystal Gordon
Director Human right activist
International Criminal Court

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