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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: "IMF" <ING@IMF.ORG>
Reply-To: plscontacton01@yahoo.co.jp
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 02:03:10 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: RE:YOUR IMF COMPENSATION PAYMENT AS A SCAMMED VICTIM!!



RE:YOUR IMF COMPENSATION PAYMENT AS A SCAMMED VICTIM!!

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
POVERTY ALLEVIATION SCHEME
58,RUE DE MOILLEBEAU,
1209 GENEVA,SWITZERLAND.
OUR REF: IMF/EU/WA-X010/06
DATE: 30/08/2010.

THIS IS FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION!!!

RE:YOUR COMPENSATION PAYMENT AS A SCAMMED VICTIM

This is to officially notify you that the meeting held on the 27th of
August, 2010 here in Geneva Switzerland concerning the rapid growth of
fraudulent activities that has been going on globally, especially from the
African continent as contained in a report submitted by the America
Federal Bureau of Investigation, International Monitoring Unit of the IMF
and the World Bank Anti Craft Commission respectively reviewed that you
are among the victims, hence it has been approved to compensate you and
few other affected victims selected by the commission(s) based on the
recommendation of this organisation.

In lieu of the above, you are been compensated with the sum of
USD1,000.000.00 [One Million United States Dollars Only] which is payable
through a valid International ATM Card cashable at any ATM Machine
designation in the world as approved. Your compensation payment will be
release to you through our West African Regional Office on your contact to
them as instruction for the release of your compensation payment has
already been passed to them and the issuing bank.

You are required to contact our West African Regional Office on the below
information to claim your compensation payment:-

Contact Person: Monsio A. Sayeh [West African Regional Director]
Email: plscontacton01@yahoo.co.jp
Telephone: +234-705-2254443

Endeavour to send the following details required for verification and
subsequent release of your compensation payment.
===================================================
1. Full
Names:...................................................................
2.
Address:.......................................................................
3. Telephone/Mobile:.......................................................
4. Age and Gender:.........................................................
5.
Nationality:....................................................................
6.
Occupation:..................................................................
====================================================
Yours Sincerely,

Sign:
Mrs. Susan Beck.
Programme Coordinator,
IMF Geneva-Switzerland.



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