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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. .Rizwan Khalfan Khalfan" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2023 18:22:02 +0100
Subject: This is to official inform you

Attention: Beneficiary

This is to official inform you that we have been having meeting for
The past Seven month which ended Two days ago with Dr. Robert B.
Rollick the World Bank President and Hon. Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
(IMF) Director General, in the meeting we treated Scam victim Problems.

The United Nation have agreed to compensate over 2,75 victims and you are among those to be compensate with the sum of one Million two Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$1.200, 000.00) this also Includes international businesses that failed due to Government Problems etc.?

We have arranged your payment through ONLINE BANKING or
Master Card ATM which is the latest instruction from World Bank Group.
For the collection of Online banking or Master Card ATM contact our
Representative Mr. Raul Garcia and forward the following details to him.

1. Full Name:
2. Country:
3. Delivery Address:
4. Telephone: & Occupation...….
5. Your Age...… /Sex...….
6: Nearest Airport...….

Contact Mr. Raul Garcia with below email and phone number and forward all your details to him.
Email :(
Telephone +34 631 910 089

Note: for the immediate collection of your fund contact our
Representative Agent Mr. Raul Garcia for your
Payment without further delay and note any other contact you made out
Side his office is at your own risk.

Mr. .Rizwan Khalfan Khalfan
CC: Hon.Ms.Kristalina Georgieva
CC: World Bank Group
CC: Mr.António Guterres Secretary-General

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