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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. Michelle Alvin" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 17:40:55 +0100
Subject: Respond Immediately

Attn Fund Beneficiary,


This is to inform you that, We have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam Artists in Africa with the help of
the Organization of African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European
Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have
been able to track down so many of this scam artist in various
parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria, Republic of Benin,
Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal) and they are all in Government custody
now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC) Hague
(Netherlands) soon for Criminal/Fraud Justice.

During the course of our investigation, we have been able to recover
so much money from these scam artists. The United Nations Anti-Crime
Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have ordered
the money recovered from the Scammers to be shared among 100
Lucky people around the World for compensation. This Email/Letter
is been directed to you because your email address was found in one
of the Scam Artists file and computer hard-disk during our
investigation, maybe you have been scammed or not, you are therefore
being compensated with the sum of $1,500,000.00 USD (One Million
Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars).

We have also arrested some of those who claim that they are
barristers, bank officials,
Lottery Agents who has been sending you SMS on your phone that you
have won a lottery which does not exist. Since your email address
appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who will receive a compensation
funds, we have arranged your payment to be paid to you through ATM
VISA CARD. An ATM Visa Card will be issued in your name and your
$1,500,000.00 USD will be loaded into it, and deliver it to your
postal address with the Pin Number, as to enable you withdrawal your
funds from any Bank ATM Machine worldwide.

To issue the ATM Visa Card, you are therefore advised to contact the
Accountant in Charge of your payment, this is because the United
Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the Government has chosen them to payout all the
compensation funds to the 100 Lucky beneficiaries, because the ATM
Visa Card is a global payments technology that enables consumers,
businesses, financial institutions and governments to use digital
currency instead of cash and checks. Be informed an ATM card will be
issued to you immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in
any Bank ATM Machine, but the maximum daily limit is $15,000.00 per
day because the Card has been upgrade. So if you like to receive your
funds through this means you're advised to reply with the following
information stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Your Age:
4. Cell/Mobile Number:

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has also concluded every legal
cost from all the various financial offices to enable a successful
delivery of your ATM card without any hitch or delay based on the
agreement made, every beneficiary is mandated to bear the fixed cost
of delivery $500 of their ATM card to their designated address through
Courier shipment company and based on the fact that your ATM Card has
already been activated for instant use, you have only three working
days to send this $500 US dollars for the delivering of your
card, if we don't hear from you with the payment information;
the Provincial Government will cancel the card for security purpose
and your payment will be withdrawn.

Please Be Warned, as The United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) does not instruct any other Bank or
agent in this payment, we advice you to stop all the communications
you are having with any other Agent or bank officials in Europe, Asia
and Africa regarding your payment.

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions.


Mrs. Michelle Alvin
Public Information Officer

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