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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. Makhtar Diop <>
Date: 15 Oct 2021 02:55:01 +0200
Subject: Urgent Attention

Please sorry for the little delays in getting back with you.. We wish to inform you that your payment $5.2m, has been paid into a check which was issued on your name and we are ready for delivery to your doorstep as we have concluded all agreement of delivery with you. Note that our bank will also issue you an ATM credit card which you will use to withdraw your cash as well.

we need you to respond urgent and confirm your delivery information once again today so that we can mail the check of US$5.2m, to you immediately.

Respond very urgently..

Mr. Makhtar Diop
(Chief Executive Officer of IFC)

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (IFC Team) urge you to treat it genuinely.

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