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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "i will advice you " (this email uses bad English)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Nkem Chidi <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2020 09:38:04 +0100
Subject: From Kristalina Georgieva.
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK PLC, COMPENSATION UNIT,
IN AFFILIATION WITH INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND ORGANIZATION.
(INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND ASSISTED PROGRAM)
DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT AND TRANSFERS.
IMF LIAISON OFFICE WEST AFRICA LAGOS NIGERIA.
OUR REF: WB/NF/UN/XX027.
YOUâRE FUND RELEASE THROUGH ATM CARD FROM IMF.
We have been having online meetings for the months which ended some days
ago with the General Members of the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
Organization Main Bodies. This email is to all the people that have
been scammed in any part of the world, the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
(IMF) have agreed to compensate them with the sum of (USD$1.8,000 000.00)
one million eight hundred thousand dollars through a secured/
certified mode of payment Via ATM
Therefore, we are happy to inform you that an arrangement has
perfectly been concluded to affect your payment as soon as possible in
our bid to be transparent. However, it is our pleasure to inform you
that your ATM Master Card Number; 5486 4057 8298 7484 has been
approved and upgraded in your favor. Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number
will be available as soon as you confirm to us the receipt of your ATM
This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received
their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction
or international businesses that failed due to Government problems
etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting
you, and we are happy to announce to you that every necessary legal
arrangement regarding to your Compensation has been signed and sealed.
You are advised to contact Mr.Ousmane Dore (African Development Bank)
as he is our representative in West Africa - LAGOS NIGERIA.
Contact him immediately for the release of your USD$800,000.00
thousand dollars compensation payment from the (IMF) This funds is in
an ATM Master Card for security purpose so he will send it to you and
you can cash it in any bank of your choice in your country.
Therefore, you should send him your Full Name, Telephone number, Your
Contact address office or house , where you want him to deliver your
ATM MASTER CARD to you. Contact Contact: Mr.Ousmane Dore (African
Development Bank) immediately for your ATM Master Card as soon as
possible. I will advice you to call him immediately you receive this
Bank Name: (African Development Bank)
Person to Contact: Mr.Ousmane Dore
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your ATM Master Card.
Making the world a better place.
Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva.