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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: "Mr. EMMA UJAH" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 01:47:01 -0700
Subject: Contact DHL

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St.
Asokoro Abuja,

Good day,

I wish to inform you that your overdue payment worth of $5.8
Million USD has be scheduled to pay you through certified ATM Card
which you will

be only required to proceed to any ATM Cash Point to withdraw $5,000,
2-times per

day till your fund is completed.

Meanwhile, the valid ATM CARD was registered with NIGERIA DHL
Courier Company as a packaged.All you need to do now is to contact DHL with the

email below. And provide them with your address.

Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information:

Your full name____________
Your address______________
Your country______________
Your Phone number_________
Your Passport/Drivers license ____________

Manager Name: MR Abuldahi Idris
Phone/Fax: (+234)9028806107


IMF Managing Director,

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