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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 WORLD REGULATORY OFFICE <infoimfofficemailworks@mailworks.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:32:57 +0100 (BST)
Subject: MRS. UZOMA KINGSLEY


                              
                       IMF WORLD REGULATORY OFFICE
         INTERNATIONAL FUNDS REGULATORY AUTHORITY
        INTER-CONTINENTAL DEBT RECONCILIATION DEPT.  

FROM THE DESK OF: HONORABLE   MRS. UZOMA KINGSLEY .  DIRECTOR; IMF World Regulatory Office.



ATTENTION: PROVISION OF AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM CERTIFICATE FOR LEGAL COVER/ PROTECTION OF US$15.5M IN FAVOR  OF   YOU 



IT IS SOME DAYS TO EASTER HOLIDAY AND THIS OFFICE HAS DEEMED IT
VERY NECESSARY AND IMPORTANT TO DO ALL IT MUST DO TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE
PAID YOUR LONG OVER DUE FUND OF $15.5 MILLION US DOLLARS.



TO THIS END WE HAVE TAKEN IT UPON OUR SELF TO REDUCE ALL REQUIRED
PAYMENT FOR THE CLEARANCE AND AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR
OVER DUE TRANSFER WORTH $15.5 MILLION TO ONLY THE SUM OF $50  SO THAT
YOU CAN MEET UP WITH THE PAYMENT SO THAT YOUR TRANSFER CAN BE EFFECTED
AND RELEASED TO YOU INTO ANY BANK ACCOUNT OF YOUR CHOICE WHERE EVER IN
THE WORLD THAT YOU CHOOSE.



PLEASE WE WANT TO PLEAD WITH YOU TO GET BACK TO US IMMEDIATELY YOU
RECEIVE THIS E-MAIL NOW SO THAT YOUR FUND TRANSFER PROCESS CAN COMMENCE
IMMEDIATELY AND BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE TIME FRAME IN OTHER TO MAKE SURE
YOUR FUND IS IN YOUR ACCOUNT ON OR BEFORE THE EASTER HOLIDAY IN OTHER
TO HELP AND SEE THAT YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY HAVE THE BEST EASTER
HOLIDAY EVER.



SO WE ADVICE YOU TO PAY THE $50 THROUGH THE WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
OR MONEY GRAM MONEY TRANSFER TO THE BELOW INFORMATION AND SEND THE
PAYMENT DETAILS TO ME

 

RECEIVERS NAME: OJEI CHRIS

RECEIVERS ADDRESS: CITY : LAGOS

COUNTRY: NIGERIA

SENDERS NAME:

SENDERS ADDRESS:

AMOUNT: $50

M.T.C.N NUMBER:

TEXT QUESTION: HAPPY

TEXT ANSWER: EASTER



WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE INDEED VERY VERY SORRY FOR ANY
INCONVENIENCES ANY DELAY THIS MUST HAVE CAUSED YOU IN HAVING YOUR FUND
PAID OUT TO YOU LONG BEFORE NOW.



YOU WILL NEVER EVER REGRET PAYING THE FEE  THIS IS A PROMISE TO YOU
AFTER ALL YOUR PAINS IN THE PAST AS WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU AS OUR WORD
IS OUR BOND TO YOU.



YOUR URGENT RESPONSE TO THIS E-MAIL NOW WILL GO A LONG WAY IN HELPING US
ENSURE YOUR PAYMENT IS RELEASED TO YOU WITHIN 24HOURS OF YOU ACTING AS
INSTRUCTED YOU NOW.


















RESPOND BACK IMMEDIATELY.

MRS. UZOMA KINGSLEY.

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