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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: "figaredo de rato" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 15:30:52 +0000

Good day,

Your Long overdue Payment. I saw your name ( in the Central Computer
among the list of unpaid contarctors,inheritance next of kin and lotto
beneficiaries that was originated from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle
east, Americans ) among the list of individuals and companies that your
unpaid fund has been located to the Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC
,Barclays Bank and Bank of American.
Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a
part-payment of $5.7million and has been approved already for months. You
requested to get back to me for more direction and instruction on how to
receive your fund.

Once again, I apologize to you on behalf Of IMF (International Monetary
Fund) failure to pay
your funds in time, which according to records in the system had been
long overdue. pls Reply through my privte
Yours Sincerely,
Mr Rodrigo de Rato Figaredo
Managing Director, IMF

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