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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: jonathan peter <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 12:31:21 +0100
Subject: Good News

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
Mrs.Kristalina Gueorguieva, Managing Director and Chairwoman of the
International Monetary Fund .

Indeed, We have reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounded 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

We are the Board of Directors, World Bank and International Monetary Fund
(IMF) Washington, D.C. 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, United
Bank of Africa Lome Togo to issue you a VISA Card, where your fund $1.5
million will be uploaded, for further withdrawal of your fund.

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 accounts.

And today we notify, you that your fund has been credited into VISA Card by
UBA Bank and also ready to be deliver, Now contact UBA Bank assistance Mr.
Tony Elumelu Email (
Send her the following information for the delivery of your accredited ATM
VISA Card to your address.

Your Full Name=====================Your Country of Origin===============Your Home address ================Your phone number ================Your copy of passport ==============Yours faithfully
Mrs. Kristalina

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