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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 Wally Adeyemo Dept" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2023 16:25:21 -0400

Department of the Treasury
ADDRESS: 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

We have been commissioned by the European Investment Bank of London and
the IMF to investigate the reason for the unnecessary delay in legally
approved funds. During our investigation, we discovered that your payment
was delayed by corrupt bank employees trying to divert your funds to your
personal accounts.

To prevent this dubious act, we have an agreement with the European
Investment Bank in London and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that
we can manage and monitor this payment. Avoid desperate situations with
banks and other criminal authorities. We have received an irrevocable
payment guarantee for your MFI payment. We hereby inform you that the
European Investment Bank has decided to reimburse you the amount of $10.5
Million dollars You are therefore advised to reconfirm your details to
enable the financial department release your payment to you without any

Thus, reconfirm the following:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your residential address:
3. Your direct phone number:

Note: if you found this email in your junk/spam, it's because of your
internet ip server.,We look forward to your prompt response.

Mr Wally Adeyemo
Deputy Secretary of U.S Treasury

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