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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: "IKOBO VISA/CARD COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <interpolmonitoringteam231@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:02:53 +0900
Subject: OUTSTANDING PAYMENT NOTIFICATION!

Our Ref: IKG/NG/ICO

This is to officially inform you that during our routine check on ATM VISA
card transfer and accreditation by IMF (International Monetary Funds), we
found out that the ATM visa card that was accredited and sent in your favor
by IMF was never delivered to you, because some idiot elements stood on your
way of receiving it. We have been able to rescue it from them, so we can
resend it to you immediately. The Visa Card Value with $1.Million. You are
advice to contact our Affiliate courier company,This funds would be made
available to you through your iKobo Visa card. This is IMF (International
Monetary Funds) foundation set up to better the lot of email holders. Is a
promo based on electronic mails which are selected at random through a
computer program. Your email id attached to ticket no 88 emerged as one of
the 10 lucky winners of ikobo visa card.

Contact:Mr John Fred,
Email: interpolmonitoringteam231@gmail.com
Tel: +447024058524

We have concluded plans to deliver this card to you as soon as possible.
You are to send us the following details:

FULL NAME:
DELIVERY ADDRESS:
PHONE NUMBER:
COUNTRY:
OCCUPATION:
SEX:
AGE:

I hope you understand the content of these email,We look forward to hearing
from you soon.

Interpol Monitoring Team
Director Of Foreign Operations

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