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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: "BARRY MOSES" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2023 08:20:10 -0700
Subject: United Nation to the IMF(International Monetary Fund) .

Dear Sir/Ma ,

I am a delegate from the United Nation to the IMF(International Monetary Fund)United States Regional payment office to pay 20 scam victims a sum of $8.500,000.0000USD(Eight Million Dollars only) each.

You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid this amount,so i will advice you to respond to this message as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your compensation funds ,so send your require information below as soon as possible to our bank payment department email or


Please also send me proof of payment in any previous scam If you still have any (optional).

I shall feed you with further modalities as soon as I hear from you.


Barry Moses .
United Nation Representative.

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