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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. Green Thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2023 23:25:36 -0700

Brussels8 Boulevard de Berlaimont 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32460226217, WhatsApp only.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We have selected your email address to receive a grant cash donation of $1,550,000.00 USD in 2023.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Kindly Reply via email and Send your Grant Reference Number :(IMF/WDC/334/0288/2023) for Confirmation via Whats App Message to I.M.F Public Relations Center: +32460226217

Thanks for your understanding.

Yours in Service,
Mr. Green Thomas
(IMF Agent)

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