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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: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 05:18:53 -0700

This is to intimate you with 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 funds 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 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: ( Or )
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
Email: Address:
9 Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St. Asokoro Abuja.
Tel: +234-906-744-3327 Or Whatsapp Number.

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