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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: "I.M.F" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 12:40:34 +0530
Subject: Winning Amount Been Awarded to You ($2.5M).


(I.M.F) -- International Monetary Fund

This letter is from International Monetary Fund newly invented by the
World Financial Service Authority United States Of America/United Kingdom.
This body was set up to discover an outstanding unpaid fund being owned
Governments or Individuals all over the world through Contract Payment,
Inheritance and Lottery Winning Prize Awards.

It will interest you to know that we have discovered an outstanding
unpaid/unclaimed sum of money in favor of your name and a mandate has
been given to this body, - International Monetary Fund (I.M.F) to ensure
that this fund gets to you without any delay.

Note that a special payment arrangement has been made to deliver this fund
to you through diplomatic means of payment or alternatively come in person
to any of our payment Offices in Europe or Asia. As a matter of fact I
here by advice that you disregards every dealing with whosoever our any
organization regarding this transaction if you continue that will be on
your own detriment because we have inform that you this is the only
organization that has the right to pay any funds.

Also you would be required to let us know how you want to receive your funds eitehr by Atm Card,bank Draft,Bank transfer.Please you should indicate which way you prefare your payment to be remiited to you.

You are hereby advised to urgently furnish this office with your details
information to enable us open up communication with you regarding the
Release of your fund immediately.

The information required from you to enable us process your payments are
as follows;

(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Phone, Fax and Cell Phone:
(4) Profession, Age and Marital Status:
(5) Company/Business Name:
(6) Your Private Email address:
(7) A copy of your international passport.

You are advised to contact us immediately with the above requested
information for further/Winning Amount been awarded to you ($2.5m).

details. Contact Email:

Yours Truly
Dr. Peter McDON
Director: International Monetary Fund (I.M.F)

Direct Tel:+447014243174.
Contact Email:

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