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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. Edward Charles" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 12:14:16 -0800
Subject: Wishing You Happy New Year? Your Urgent Respond is Very Important

I sent this letter to you a month ago, but I did not hear from you,
I'm not sure if you got it, And that is why I say it again, Firstly,
I'm Mr. Edward J. Charles, Managing Director and Chairman of the
International Monetary Fund.

Indeed, We have reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounded by
your uncompleted transaction and your inability to meet up with
transfer charges levied, against you, for the past transfer options,
view our site for your confirmation 38 ° 53'56 ? N 77 ° 2 '39 ? WWe
the Board of Directors, World Bank and International Monetary Fund
(IMF) Washington, DC in conjunction with The U.S. Department of the
Treasury and some other relevant Investigation Agencies here in the
United States of America. has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance
Unit, Wema Bank Plc, Nigeria to issue you a VISA Card or Bank Check,
where your fund $10.5 million will be uploaded, for further withdrawal
of your fund cash up.

During the course of our investigation, we discovered with dismay that
your payment has been unnecessarily Delayed by corrupt officials of
the Bank who are Trying to divert your funds into their private

And today we notify you that your fund has been approved to credit
into a VISA Card or sign by Bank Check by Wema Bank as your choice and
also ready to be deliver, Now contact Wema Bank's secretary his name
is Mr. Chukwuemeka Obiagwu, Email: Send him
the following information for the delivery of your accredited ATM VISA
Card or Signed Bank Draft to your country address.

Your Full Name ========================
Your Country of Origin ==================
Your Home address ====================
Your phone number ====================
Your occupation ======================
Your years =========================

Mr. Edward J. Charles

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