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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: "Mr John Chang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 04:04:58 -0800

In Conjunction with the International
Monetary Fund OCHRE,
Senior Human Rights Officer,
On international payment department.
Dalais Wilson, CH 1211 Geneva 10,
Date: Feb-12-2010,

Attn: Sir/Madam

Beneficiary with African and European Countries *Sequel to the meeting we have with all the African country leaders regards to all the payment been owed by the African continent, the Chairman of Organization of African Unity (OAU) now called African Union {A.U} has made it known to all the beneficiaries been owed by African via contracts, inheritance, during his recent interview with British broadcasting co-operation (BBC) that all the debt been owed by the Africans should be paid to them via AU account with the supervision of the International monitoring fund unit in London UK,which you are one of them, but the IMF London unit has the right to appoint any bank no matter the country or place to make the payment on their behalf bear this in mind. The formal payment officer that has been handling your payment before have been instructed to hands up from you payment due to the petitions and complain we have been receiving from all parts of the world against African countries the
way they are delaying their bene

Best Regards,
Mr. John Chang,
For: Dr Frej Fenniche,
Senior Human Rights Officer,
United Nations Switzerland.

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