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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "charles soludo" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Ken Richard" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 04:02:21 -0800
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
YOUR PAYMENT NOTIFICATION
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
HEAD OFFICE NO: 77, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja
LAGOS STATE NIGERIAN.
CHECK HERE VIEW OUR WEBSITE; www.imf.org
PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL== firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL PHONE : +234-708-229-4494.
INSTRUCTION TO RELEASE YOUR FUND
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be
of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been
experiencing in getting your long overdue payment of $15Million USD
due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank
officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to
I am Mr. Ken Richard a highly placed official of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that reports have
reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which
people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies/
Diplomat across Europe to Africa and Asia /London UK and we have
decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was appointed to
handle your transaction here in Nigeria. All Governmental and
Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security
Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of
late have been instructed to back up from your transaction and you
have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now
directly in charge of your fund.
The most annoying thing is that the bad officials wont tell you the
truth that on no account will they ever release the fund to you,
instead they allow you spend money unnecessarily, I do not intend to
work here all the days of my life, I can release this fund to you if
you can certify me of my security. I needed to help you release the
fund because you need to know the statues of your funds and cause for
the delay, please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, you may not
understand it because you are not a Nigerian. Listed below are the
mafia's and banks behind the non release of your funds that i managed
to sneak out for your kind perusal. PLEASE CHECK AMONG THESE NAMES IF
THERE IS ANY ONE AMONG THEN WHO HAVE SCAM ED YOU, IF YES GET BACK TO
ME FOR LEGAL ACTION TO BE TAKEN.
1) Prof. Charles soludo(CBN)
2) make dave
3) Chief Lamido Sanusi(CBN)
4) John Rob(Barclays bank plc)
5) Mrs Stella Brown(Barclays bank plc)
6) Ronald Franklin
7) (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
8) Mr. Ernest Chukwudi Obi
9) Mr. Mike Jombo Deputy Governor - Policy / Board Member
10) Mr. Tunde Lemo Deputy Governor - Financial Sector Surveillance /
(11) Mrs. W. D. A. Mshelia Deputy Governor - Corporate Services / Board Members
12) Mrs. Okonjo Iweala
13) Mrs. Rita Ekwesili
14)Mr. Harold Wesley-Citizens Bank Of Canada
15)Mr.Agent Jason Gale-FBI
16)Mr. Grant Watson
17) Dr Gregson Leanings
18) Mr. Mark Lowcock
You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any
institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will be
transferred to you directly from our source.I hope this is clear. Any
action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. Respond to
this e-mail on with immediate effect and we shall give you further
details on how your fund will be released. Reconfirm the information
1. Full Name:
4. Age: Date of Birth:
6. Phone: Mobile/Cellular
7. State of Origin:
8. Copy of your identity Card
Also Call me (+234-708-229-4494) as soon as you receive the letter so
that you will be given an immediate response: Direct Hotline:
Mr Ken Richard
PLEASE REPLY TO THIS EMAIL== email@example.com