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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: Joseph Amie <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:30:29 +0100
Subject: Your Overdue payment

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND Telephone: +234-8080 642734 Attn: Sir/Madam Your Overdue payment has been delayed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Financial Services Authority. This was due to many irregularities found on the trace of the origin/source of the funds by the IMF international networking systems. After due investigation the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND has approved to release part of the funds to you in the amount of ($500,000.00USD) out the total five million United States Dollars ($5musd) from their African Secure Diplomatic Transit Account (ASDTA).or contact AFRICAN DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR, Mr. Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, Website: ( ) You are advised to contact this office immediately for proceedures. You are requested to call me immediately on the receipt of this email for more details. Confirm your direct telephone number, Full names and residential address to avoid misdirection of funds. Regards, Joseph AmieIMF.
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