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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. Diana Barbara Nilsson"
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2023 07:02:55 -0700
Subject: World Bank Compensation Fund.

Attn: E-mail Owner / Beneficiary.

OFFICIAL NOTICE: This is to inform you that you've been selected by the WORLD BANK COMPENSATION FUND PROGRAM COMMITTE to receive a compensation funds valued US $6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only. You are among the 100 lucky e-mail owner that was selected for this year World Bank Compensation Fund Program. This selection process usually come up every year and luckily for you, your e-mail address is among the 100 e-mail addresses that was selected for the year 2023.

Your compensation funds valued US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only from the WORLD BANK COMPENSATION FUND PROGRAM has been signed for immediate pay out to you, but you will have to contact our financial legal officer for further information on how to claim your World Bank Compensation Fund.

Contact details below

Name: Mr. Woodruff Clark. Edmond (Esq).

The purpose of this program is to sustain economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. We have several humanitarian aid programs worldwide, and as we give humanitarian aid to the vulnerable in American's, Africa, Asian and European Countries, we also derive at the conclusion of giving a financial aid to an individual business owner to promote creation of jobs and opportunities worldwide. Note, with this program, we have been able to support a lot of individual to become a Business Owner worldwide.

Kindly contact our financial legal officer on the email address above for your approved World Bank Compensation Fund valued US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) Only.

Congratulations to you.

Yours Faithfully.
Mrs. Diana Barbara. Nilsson
World Bank Compensation Fund Committee.

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