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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: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND <imf_7@hotmail.fr>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 14:55:55 +0100
Subject: IMF Gives Final Approval For Your Payment





IMF Gives Final Approval of PRGF Arrangement and International Assistance for Outstanding Payment in Benin Republic.




THE PRESIDENCY
PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN PAYMENTS REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT BENIN REPUBLIC {CTNOU} ATTN: SIR/MADAM,
IN OUR RECENT REVIEW OF OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS WE FOUND OUT THROUGH OUR NETWORK THAT UPON YOUR TRIALS AND EFFORT YOU HAVE NOT RECIEVED YOUR DUE PAYMENT.THIS WAS AS A RESULT OF MEETING HELD WITH THE WORLD BANK DELEGATES, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF), U.S.A PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH, MR YAIBONY THE PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN AND CENTRAL BANK OF BENIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
TO PAY THE BENEFICAL OF THE FOLLOWING......... 1.HONOURALBE CONTRACTORS 2.NEXT OF KIN INHERITANCE THAT HAS NOT BEEN PAID WITH CENTRAL BANK OF BENIN. (CBB) 3. WINNING: ANY ONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN PAID HIS OR HER LOTTERY WINING SHOULD ALSO REPORT TO US WITH HIS PAYMENT QUALIFICATION.

IN RESPECT OF THIS ALL THESE BODIES HAS TEAMED UP TO REDEEM THE FRUSTRATION OF PEOPLE ARROUND THE WORLD BY MAPING OUT A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR THESE PURPOSE.
SO YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT DR.JOHN ANTHONY ON THIS EMAIL:(imf_internationalmonetaryfund@yahoo.fr) IF YOU ARE OF ANY ABOVE MENTIONED OBJECTIVES CONCEPT.YOU ARE WARNED TO STOP ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATION WITH ANY PERSON UNTILL YOU RECIEVE YOUR PAYMENT. AS YOUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR IMMEDIATE REMMITANCE.YOU ARE REQUESTED TO FILL AND SEND THIS INFORMATION'S FOR VERIFICATIONS PURPOSES SO THAT YOU’RE FUND VALID US$18.5M (EIGHTEEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLAR'S) WILL BE REMITTED INTO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT ANY WHERE.
INFORMATION NEEDED IS AS FOLLOWS:
1. YOUR NAME:..................................... 2. YOUR FULL ADDRESS:..................3. YOUR TELEPHONE ........................4. FAX.....................................................5. AGE.................................... ...............6. SEX:................................... ................7. YOUR OCCUPATION:..................... 8. YOUR BANKING DETAILS:............ REGARDS,DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND [CBB.] BENINFOR THE COMMISSION.



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