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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 Ari Aisen, Resident Representative (I.M.F) Nigeria." <>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 09:14:01 -0700


In a recent meeting held with the newly, Managing Director of the
International Monetary Fund Nigeria's (IMF) issued the following
statement, concerning debt reconciliation, this is to inform you that
we have agreed to release your fund worth of (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
UNITED STATE DOLLARS) USD$1.5 Million united state Dollars which will
come via ATM VISA CARD as instructed from our headquarter by Ms.
Kristalina Georgieva, Director of the International Monetary Fund To
Nigeria (IMF). However, the below information is needed to enable the
profiling of your ATM DEBIT CARD and its delivery to you and to
contact them with your personal details such as:..

Full Name:


Cell Phone Number:


Underneath is the contact information of appointed dispatch person
whom you are to forward the above requested details:

Dispatch Director: Mr. Michael Franklin Sr.
Email Address: ( )
Phone Number: +234 (9067443327., OR Whats-App.

Once we receive this information, we will proceed without delay.

Thank you.
Dr.Ari Aisen,
Resident Representative Nigeria International Monitoring Fund Agencies
(I.M.F) Office Information
9 Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St. Asokoro Abuja.

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