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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: Christopher <>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2022 11:32:10 +0000
Subject: Claim your ATM card of 1.5 million

Dear Email Owner / Recipient,

We sent you this letter previously without hearing from you, I'm not
sure you got it, and that's why I repeat.Firstly,

My name is Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Chairman. You abandoned your
One Million five hundred thousand United State dollars with united
bank of african. What is the reason, who is trying to deceive you?
Because this is the only authorized bank with Mr. emeka chris as the
Approved agent. If you refuse to contact Mr. emeka chris, the IMF will
not allow you to receive payment and you will continue to work with
wrong people all the days of your life with no good news. Your money
still remains with UBA in Togo and you must contact Mr. emeka chris if
you care about IMF signature and approval.

Approved Agent: Mr. emeka chris
Bank name: united bank of african
Bank site:

tel: +228 93983877

This is the approved bank from the United Nations, IMF, World Bank and
ECOWAS and without this mentioned bank none of this entire agent will
support you or approve payment for you.
Kindly contact the bank now and receive your ATM card valued 1.5
million dollars from them without Delay.

Kristalina Georgieva
IMF Chairman.

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