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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: Susan Langley <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 09:14:36 +0200


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 $,1.500,000.00USD(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 have 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 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 delivered to your postal
address with the Pin Number, to enable you to withdraw 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 The International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the Government have chosen 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. Kindly contact the ATM Card Issuance Department now with the below
contact details:

Tel: + 27 63 841 0431
Fax: + 27 86 731 7707

Contact him now for the delivery of your ATM Card. As soon as you establish
a contact with him, 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 upgraded. So if
you like to receive your funds through this means you're advised to contact
(DR. NANCY NAIDOO) with the following information as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the your ATM Card to be delivered to or (P.O
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. 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 $250 of
their ATM card to their designated address through UPS or FedEx delivery
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 $250
US dollars for the
delivering of your card, if we don't hear from you with the
payment information; the The Provincial Government will cancel the card
for security purposes 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 except (DR. FRANCISCO NAIDOO), whom we can only give
attention to, and from now, we advise 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.



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