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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. Andrew Tweedie" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 14:14:10 +0100
Subject: Hello Dear

Dear Friend
I am Mr.Andrew Tweedie, a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). I was mandated to put a stop to that.We shall help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long overdue payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you. We have full access/confidential bank official arrangements to these bank accounts as we cannot disclose names of the transferring/card issuing banks now until you demonstrate your acceptance to this loyal partnership as confident Claimant.
contact me on my personal email:
Mr. Andrew Tweedie
Finance Director

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