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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. Dodji N. KOUKOU." <>
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 04:02:22 +0100
Subject: Victims to be compensated.


Congratulations, you have been picked among 20 Scam Victims to be
compensated with the sum of $750. 000. 00 by IMF/ WORLD BANK
conjunction World Bank, this was made possible after a meeting between
some Africa heads of state and the IMF/ WORLD BANK.

You are advised to contact Mr.Jimmy Mustafa, the zoning officer
coordinating payment. Your payment will be paid to you through ATM
DEBIT CARD. Contact Mr. Jimmy Mustafa,through his direct Email:

Please kindly forward your personal details listed below.


Mr. Dodji N. KOUKOU.

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