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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: Suzanna Duke <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:18:43 -0700

*From Desk Of **Mrs. Suzanna Duke*

*For Your Payment Valued US$ 380,000.00*

*Take note, that In conjunction with the International Monetary Fund(I.M.F)
Reconciliation Committee had agreed to pay you a total amount of
$380,000.00 as compensation fund. The compensation fund has been signed to
be paid to you for all the money you have lost to scammers and impostors
through internet banking frauds from the Central Bank of Nigeria (C.B.N) or
other Banks.*

*Your name appeared on our payment schedule list of beneficiaries that will
receive their funds in this first quarter payment of the year 2022
according to our banking regulation from the Central Bank of Nigeria
(C.B.N) Board of Directors. We apologize for the delay of your payment.*

*The sum of US$3,000.00 or its equivalent in your local currency will be
transferred to you via Western Union every day until all the $380,000.00 is
sent across to you for collection. We have registered your first payment of
$3,000.00 online through Western Union Money Transfer Just confirm your
first payment with below instruction, Open this website: (
<> International Money
Transfers from Nigeria | Western Union*

*1 Western Union also makes money from currency exchange. When choosing a
money transmitter, carefully compare both transfer fees and exchange rates.
Fees, foreign exchange rates and taxes may vary by brand, channel, and
location based on a number of
<>) then click "Track Transfer", for you
to see the status of the transaction online.*

*As soon as you open the website, enter this tracking number(M.T.C.N):
845-968-6564 and click "CONTINUE" to confirm your first compensation
payment yourself.*

*Details below:*

* M.T.C.N: 845-968-6564*
* Sender Names: NORMAN PETER*
* City: LAGOS*
* Country of sender: NIGERIA*
* Amount sent: $3,000*

* Money Transfer | Global Money Transfer | Western Union*

*Waiting for your urgent and immediate responses and Kindly respond on time
to enable us to confirm you have picked up the first $3,000 to send more
the next day till you receive your full compensation payment of $380,000
only. Thank you,*

*Yours faithfully,*

*Mrs. Suzanna Duke*
*27 Prosperity Avenue,*
*Tel:(+234) 80-56005672*

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