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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 Willis Musa <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 20:06:12 -0800
Subject: Attention Beneficiary;

Ria Money Transfer
E-mail: (

This is Mr Willis Musa from Ria money transfer office, I hope this
message finds you in good health as well as your family.This is to
inform you that the Ria office has finalized the releasing
of your $17.500,000.00 usd to you through our great service Ria
money transfer as it was instructed by the IMF office in
conjunction with the FBI after our last meeting about the release of
your fund.

We wish to inform you that your first payment of $78,000 dollars has
been successfully sent on your name this morning through our great
service Ria office and below is the information which you can use
to pick up your payment.

Note, that the transfer was placed on hold due to the Ria transfer
Authorization charge of $800 which you are to pay in order for the
payment to be completed, The other necessary processes has been
completed and the payment will be released on hold once the Ria
transfer Authorization charge of $800 is paid from you.

Be informed that the payment is currently Available in your name and
you can also track it online with the sender name or the MTCN number
to view the transfer status but remember that you can not be able to
pick it at any Ria agent store because it was placed on hold due
to the Ria transfer Authorization charge of $800 like i already
explained to you.

Find below the information you would need in order to pick up your
first payment of $78,000. You can also track your payment online with
the link below to view the status of the transfer or visit
and put in the MTCN number correctly to view your payment status.

Sender's Name: Willis Musa
MTCN Number: 12755987855

In conclusion, I want to let you know that you have the very
opportunity to receive your first payment of $78,000 today by sending
the $800 for the Ria Authorization charge. The payment
will be released and will be ready for you to pick up at any Ria
agent location as soon as we confirm the $800 payment for the Ria
Authorization charge.

We expect to hear from you with the payment Buy Gift Card Steam Wallet Card
or Google play Card or Itunes Card,of $800usd

Be rest assured that you will confirm your payment within 1hr-45m of
receiving the $800 payment and for your information,No body has the
right to deduct or Added to the value of the funds due to it being
pounded with Insurance policy. The instruction is from the Federal
ministry of Finance.

I await your urgent response as soon as you read this message.

Yours Sincerely
Mr.Willis Musa
Foreign Operation Payment Center,
General Managing Director
E-mail: (

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