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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.Aishah Ahmad Ndanusa," <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 03:41:12 -0700
Subject: MTCN Number: 343-968-9653

Western Union Money Transfer
Address: No. 51 Avakpa, Western Union Republic,of Ngerian
Email Address


This is to inform you that the IMF office instructed us to transfer
your $2.5 Million Dollars compensating for all the SCAM VICTIMS and
your email were found as one of the VICTIMS By IMF Security leading
team and IMF representative officers, so between now until 31th Of
Dec. 2020 you will be receiving a sum of $5000 dollars per day.

However you are informed that we have already sent the first $ 5000
dollars this morning to you to avoid cancellation of your payment. You
have only 48 hours to Call/Email this office upon the receipt of this
Email the maximum amount you will be receiving per a day is $5000.

Sender's Name: Joseph Ndiaye
MTCN Number: 343-968-9653
Question ... Time
Answer ... 4hrs
Amount ... $5000

we need your information:
YOUR FULL NAMES .............
YOUR ADDRESS: ...............
AGE .........................

Further more you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that
Within 48 hours without hearing from you, Count your payment canceled.

Mrs.Aishah Ahmad Ndanusa,
Western Union Republic,of Ngerian
Email Address
You can call this line.+234 816423641

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