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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: Abebe Aemro Selassie <>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2023 12:18:19 -0700
Subject: Attention Dear Email Owner

(IMF) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
Address: 467 Fehrsen Street, Brooklyn;
Pretoria 0181, South Africa

Attention: I'm the appointed Director of IMF International Monetary
Fund, Managing the 45 countries across the World-Wide. Do you
authorized Aimee Tiscione Email: to contact
the US Embassy here in Benin republic to claim your Unpaid Funds worth
$25 Million dollars? just because of your health condition, financial
issues, you don't think you can make it alive to receive the fund.

Due to we're not too sure of her complaint and we don't believe her
yet we concluded to hear from you before proceeding with her as your
next of kin to succeed the funds. You are very lucky the fund is still
available for you to claim, If you are not aware of this lady's claim
and you really want to receive your Fund I will advise you to hurry up
and contact the US Embassy here in Benin Republic in charge of your

Contact Ambassador Brian Shukan
Cellphone Number: +1 (469) 909-0004 / +229-541-16-221
WhatsApp Number: +1 (650) 535-0448

Forward your full information below:
Your Full Name:==
Your Country:====
Your Home Address:====
Your Telephone No:====
Your Nearest airport:==

Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie

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