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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: "Thomas Adeniran" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 05:38:42 -0600
Subject: Re: Intercepted Transfer Of USD $8.5 Million

From: Mr. Thomas Adeniran.
email :
Subject: Re: Intercepted Transfer.

Dear Beneficiary,

Re: Intercepted Transfer Of USD $8.5 Million

It has come to our notice in our Headquarters Building of the
International Monetary Fund(I.M.F) Washington D.C, U.S.A that your
impending funds, which was intercepted,has not been released to you.
We noticed that you made several attempt to transfer your funds but
to no avail. Our investigation continued to the African, European and
United State Department of the International Monetary Fund
(I.M.F),The monitoring team gave an unsatisfactory report to your
transaction, hence the chairman is presently under investigation for
conspiracy with your representative with intensions to divert your

We have the absolute right and authority to pay any funds emanating as
a proceed of Inheritance, Contract payment, Business representative,
Bogus cheque, Lottery and ATM Card transactions. You are advised to
desist from contacting anyone including your agent or representative in
this regard because International Monetary Fund has taken full
responsibility to transfer your funds to you. Please respond to this
mail by providing your full information below.

Your full name:
Your Contact address:
Your Telephone number:
Your occupation:

Respond urgently for payment.

Yours Faithfully,
Thomas Adeniran

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