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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: Wed, 10 Aug 2022 04:02:48 -0700


This is to intimate you of a very important information which
will be of a great 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.

I am Ms. Kristalina georgieva, a highly placed official of the
international monetary fund (imf). It may interest you to know that
reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the
uneasy way which people like you are treated by various banks and
courier companies/ diplomat across Europe to Africa and Asia /London
and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why i was
appointed to handle your transaction here.

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
(IMF). However, the below information is needed as to enable the
profiling of your ATM VISA 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 (907) 063-4795, OR Whats-App.

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

Thank you.
Mr. Ari Aisen,
Resident Representative Nigeria Office Information
9 Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St. Asokoro Abuja.
Tel: +234-906-744-3327 Or Whats-App Number.

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