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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 Lipsky" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 02:34:06 +0100

From Mr.Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Managing Director, IMF
International Montary Fund Office.
Telephone #: +44-702-406-2839
Your name appeared among the list of unpaid (Contractors, Inheritance next of kin and lottery payment/ATM beneficiaries that was originated from American, Europe, Asia plus Middle east and Africans) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid Inheritance/Contract sum has been approved and you will receive a part-payment of US$12.5 million, You are requested to get back to me for more direction and instruction on how to receive your Inheritance fund.
However, we received an email from one Dr.Saipul Bahri who told us that he is your next of kin and that you died in a car accident last week
Dr. Saipul Bahri, account his co-ordinate as follows:
Bank of Indonesia
A/c no: 890458984589
Routing No: bl 275-79665
Beneficiary: Dr Saipul Bahri
Note that we are bound to recognize Dr. Saipul Bahri claim, if you fail to promptly respond to this email we sent to you following the Deed of Assignment he submitted and his account co-ordinate authorizing him to claim this payment.
He has also submitted his International Passport,Photo Id with his birth certificate with his account details for us to transfer the fund to him.But We want to hear from you before we can make the transfer to confirm if you are dead or not and make sure that you are aware of this developments so reply us with your email contact address and your direct cell phone number for easy communication and more details.
Once again, I apologize to you on behalf Of IMF (International Monetary Fund) failure to receive your funds in time, which according to records in the system had been long overdue. Pls reply through Director Finance Department Please call immediately on #: +44-702-406-2839 Or provide us with your email address for further details.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr.John Lipsky
First Deputy Managing Director
On behalf of Mr.Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Managing Director, IMF

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