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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:

Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 17:02:34 +0100

From Desk Of Mr.Kelly Michael
Plot 18 Prosperity Street Ajao Estate
Tel:(+234)80-56005672----Direct number

For Your Payment Valued US$ 350,000.00

Western Union Money Transfer, in conjunction with the International
Monetary Fund(I.M.F) Reconciliation Committee had agreed to pay you
total amount of $350,000.00 as compensation fund.

The compensation fund had been signed to be paid to you for all the
money you have lost to scammers and impostors through internet banking
frauds from Central Bank of Nigeria (C.B.N) or other Banks.

Your name appeared on our payment schedule list of beneficiaries that
will receive their funds in this first quarter payment of the year
2023 according to our banking regulation from Central Bank of Nigeria
(C.B.N) Board of Directors. We apologize for the delay of your

The sum of US$3,000.00 or its equivalent in your local currency will
be transferred to you via Western Union every day until all the
$350,000.00 is sent across to you for collection.

We have registered your first payment of $3,000.00 online through
Western Union Money Transfer Just confirm your first payment with
below instruction, Open this
website: ( ) then click
"Track Transfer", for you to see the status of the transaction online.

As soon as you open the website, enter this tracking number(M.T.C.N):
401-2690-050 and click "CONTINUE" to confirm your first compensation
payment yourself.

These are the details you need to present to the Western Union
Officials. Also go with your Identification Card like Driving License
or National id or International passport.

M.T.C.N: 401-2690-050
Sender Names: NORMAN PETER
Country of sender:NIGERIA
Amount sent: $3,000

Money Transfer | Global Money Transfer | Western Union

Awaiting for your urgent and immediate responses and Kindly respond on
time to enable us confirm you have picked up the first $3,000 to send
more the next day till you receive your full compensation payment of
$350,000 only.Thank you,

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Kelly Michael
Plot 18 Prosperity Street Ajao Estate
Tel:(+234) 80-56005672 ----Direct number

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