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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: European investment bank <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2023 11:25:23 +0000

We have been authorized by the European Investment Bank from London and the
IMF to investigate the reason for the unnece ssary delay of funds
authorized by law. During our investigation, we discovered that your
payment was delayed by corrupt bank officials who tried to divert your
funds to their personal accounts.

To prevent this dubious act, we have agreed with the European Investment
Bank in London and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), we are able to
manage and monitor this payment. Avoid desperate situations with banks and
other authorities in criminal cases.

We have received an irrevocable payment guarantee for your MFDpayment. We
hereby inform you that the European Investment Bank has decided to
reimburse you in the amount of USD 1,000,000.00 and transfer it to your
bank account by bank transfer via.
please contact the Correspondent Bank Secretary, Ms. Rose James, via the
email below
email: * <>*
Contact the bank on Whatsapp:+22897746725
Be sure to contact the above bank
I assume your urgent cooperation.

Thank you.

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