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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "abuja" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- director: mr. michael franklin sr. email address: ( firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ) phone (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Citromail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
- address: ( email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ) phone number: +234 (907) 063-4795, or whats-app. once (Yahoo; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Ari Aisen, Resident Representative (I.M.F) Nigeria." <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 05:18:53 -0700
Subject: (I.M.F) ATM PAYMENT CENTRAL.
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
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:..
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: ( firstname.lastname@example.org Or
Phone Number: +234 (907) 063-4795, OR Whats-App.
Once we receive this information, we will proceed without delay.
Mr. .Ari Aisen,
Resident Representative Nigeria Office Information
Email: Address: email@example.com
9 Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St. Asokoro Abuja.
Tel: +234-906-744-3327 Or Whatsapp Number.