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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. James Potter" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2022 19:44:51 +0100
Subject: From Mr. James Potter

Attention: Beneficiary,




This is to inform you that we have now been
ordered by Mr. Antonio Guterres of United
Nation, IMF with World bank to contact you
regards to your unpaid delayed funds During the
course of our investigation,
we discovered with dismay that your payment has
been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of
the Bank in attempt to swindle your fund which
has led to so many losses from your end and
unnecessary delay in the receipt of your payment.
The United Nations and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) has chosen to pay out all the
compensation funds to LUCKY 100 Beneficiaries
from U.S.A, Europe, Canada, United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South
America, Australia and Asia and Africa Continent,
as this is a global payments technology that enables
consumers, businesses, financial institutions and
governments to use digital currency
We have arranged your payment to be paid on your
name Upon your contact with us, the sum of
$1.500.000.00 will be PAID to you as one
MEMEBERS or SCAM VICTIMS, please be inform
that if you are not among the TWO MENTIONED
CATEGORIES you are not eligible for this
payment and ignore this message
In this regard, you are to contact and furnish the
requested information with the category you fall
into to the Directorate of International Payment
and Transfer with the followings for immediate
procedure of the payment.

1. Your Full Name
2. Your Postal or Residential Address
3. Mobile Number
4. Country
5. Your Valid ID

We required your urgent response to this email as
directed to avoid further delay.
I wait for your urgent response.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. James Potter
Public Information Officer

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