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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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Fraud email example:

From: "INFO BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2018 13:53:14 +0100
Subject: RIA Department West Africa

RIA Department West Africa
Manager Mr.Jim Daniel
Phone Number +229-62411639

Dear Customer,

The RIA Department world wide has got to know that you abandoned your fund since in our bank which is your compensation payment total sum of $950,000.00 usd which we will splite in the amount of $3000.00 usd per day.

This is to inform you that we will start to send your payment tomorrow but you have to try your best and make sure you send the sum of $98.00 usd for Authorization Clearance Certificate which we have to obtain from International Monitary Fund Office.

Waiting for your next email, so that we can provide details you can use to send the $98.00 usd for the Authorization Clearance Certificate.

If you have questions, you can email us on [ or please contact us with +229-62411639

Mr.Jim Daniel
Manager of RIA Department Western African
Phone Number +229-62411639
The Ria Money Transfer Team.

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