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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: IMF Office <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 20:16:01 -0800
Subject: Good Day My Friend,


Director: Mrs,Amine Mati
No,9 Hon.Justice Mohammed Bello St.
Asokoro Abuja Nigeria.
Tel: + 23481 7079 8660

Dear Friend,

My name is Amine Mati, The IMF Director Abuja Nigeria (Unit"09"
I want to inform you Personally,that your funds payment file
was brought to my office this morning for me to cancel your
funds because the Bank directors/ Western union and ATM
Card department here in Nigeria said that I should divert
your funds to the Government Treasury account since can not
afford to pay for the fee of your funds which is
$350.00 only before you start receiving your funds, in this
words,they said that you abandon your funds for some time,
while the 2021 annual financial budget will be done this week.

But my spirit did not allow me to cancel your funds because
I know the value of what you are about to receive.

Now I have told the Bank Directors/ The Western Union and ATM Card
department to wait until I hear from you today and I will know
the reason you rejected such amount of ($1.9Millions USD )
I know it can be able to change your life for good just
because of $350.00.

However,I am here to remind you that the fee has been paid by Rev.Doreen,the
only required and mandatory fee you have to come up with is
(demur-rage charge)which will cost you $105.00.for your file update.

I want your urgent response or you call me at +(23481 7079 8660
as soon as you receive this email to explain to me the reason you
abandon your funds,or if you don't need it again,then I will send
you have a power of attorney which you will sign and I will change
your name to another person so that the Government will not
claim this money that is left for you back at the end of this year 2021.

I will wait to hear from you as soon as possible.

Thanks and Remain Blessed

Mrs.Amine Mati
The IMF Director

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