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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: Wed, 19 Oct 2022 09:27:22 +0000

Great lucky news

Great lucky news of fund Transfer through our bank,Bank of America,
New York, to your bank account,by the management of World Bank Swiss
(WBS) to credit the sum of Ten Million us dollars only, into your bank

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 a
result world economic financial meltdown cause by covid 19/omicron
Virus outbreak.

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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