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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:26:44 +0800
Subject: Immediate ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification

1900 Dong Cheng, Gonling,
Beijing People's Republic China

>From the International Settlement Dept
Immediate ATM DEBIT Cash Card Payment Notification,

Dear. Beneficiary,
This is to officially inform you that we, (International Monetary Fund Reconciliation Schemes) have choose to verified your contract/inheritance file and found that why you been unable to receive your payment because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment which this office had the original seal of the agreement with the assigned governmental organization between the involved parties.
Secondly we have been informed that you are still dealing with illegal bank officials and all your attempts to secure the released order of the fund to you have not been successful, for this reasons we are assuring you that such an illegal act have to stop, and you must receive your payment, since we have decided to bring a solution to your problem.
We have arranged your payment through our swift card payment centers, which is the latest instruction from International Monetary Fund Reconciliation office (2010 Budget),
And the ATM debit card center fast service will send you an ATM debit card which you will use to withdraw your money from ATM machine in any Country, so if you like to receive your funds in this way, contact ATM debit card centre Fast Service Manager, with the requested information's as listed below, or provide us your local bank account information, if you wish to receive your funds by Telegraphic Transfer, so, take your decision immediately you received our mail, and contact the directive office,
And you must follow all the ATM debit card procedures/instructions, to enable you received your ATM debit card successfully, so contact the below office via email or by telephone.
The Office of Mr. Jim Su Wang
Tel: +86 13686080406

Contact his office and provide him with under listed required information's,
1. Full Name
2. Phone Number
3. Address Were You Want Them to Send the ATM Card to (P.O Box Not Acceptable)
4. Sex
5. Current Occupation
6. Amount: your amount is $2,500,000.00USD Two Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars.

In the mean time we have been mandated to issue out this payment via this scheme due to the fiscal budget year 2010 against the World Financial and Economic crisis, so you are receiving this information directly form IMF, and you are advised not to communicate with any other office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment, because of that impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (TT-4404) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the ATM centre by using it as your subject. So contact the office immediately,

We Wait For Your Expedite Response

Yours in Service,
Barrister. Donald Ultizen
>From the International Settlement Dept

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