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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: Jenifa Kamara <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:47:10 +0100
Subject: Your ATM CARD Visa Ready To Pick Up

Attn: From Federal Reserve Authority United State Of America.

From Federal Reserved Authority USA has registered your $1,9M US
will receive $8.000 each transfer until total fund is fully sent.
Contact the WESTERN UNION office today and reconfirm the below
details. Through this Email= (

It has been instructed by America Embassy office to transfer your fund
of $1,9M US Dollars compensating all the SCAM VICTIMS and your email
was found as one of the VICTIMS. By America security leading team and
America representative officers so between today till 30th Of MAY 2021
you will be receiving the sum of $8,000 dollars per day. However, be
informed that we have already sent the $8,000 dollars this morning to
avoid cancellation of your payment, remain the total sum of $1,899,200
dollars. These are twelve in total, one for each of the twelve Federal
Reserve Districts that were created by the Federal Reserve Act of
1913. That took the order.

You have only six hours to call this office upon the receipt of this
email the maximum amount you will be receiving per a day starting from
today's $8,000 dollars and the Money Transfer Control Number of todays
is below.

NOTE; The sent $8,000 dollars is on hold because of the instruction
from (IMF) office, they asked us to place it on hold by requesting the
(Clean Bill Record Certificate) in order to fulfill all the necessary
obligation to avoid any hitches while sending you the payment through
Western Union money transfer, the necessary obligation i mean here is
to obtain the (Clean Bill Record Certificate)

Below is the information of today payment and you can track it to see
is available to pick up by the receiver, you can track it with our
website ( )

1) Senders Name:: Holly Waldon
2) MTCN Number::: 247 800 5425
3) Amount::: $8,000 USD.
4) Test Question: Pink
5) Answer: Yellow

We need the below details from you, to enable us place the payment to
your name and transfer the fund to you.

(Full Receivers name).................
(Your Address)....................
(Phone Number)..........
(Your Age).............
(International Passport/ ID).....

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