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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: HM Treasury <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:48:16 -0800 (PST)
Subject: International Compensation On Foreign Payment (FILE CODE - HM/IMF/7890/121)

HM Treasury's Correspondence and Enquiry Unit
From The Office of Rt Hon George Osborne MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
HM Treasury
Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ
Tel: +44-077 0003 6878
Fax: +44-020 7270 4861
Monday, November 29, 2010
Your ref: HM/IMF/7890/121
                                       INTERNATIONAL COMPENSATION ON FOREIGN PAYMENT (FILE CODE - HM/IMF/7890/121)
You are
being contacted by this office today dated (2th of November 2010)
because your Case File is on the shortlisted top list report on
our Cabinet which must be resolved as quickly as possible.
We have
taken time to completely review your online email communication
messages on your unsuccessful transactions with most international
lottery/contract award winning organizations, and other foreign banks.
We wish to let you know that we have communicated with most of
these foreign banking institutions that withheld most international
payments to individual accounts so as to find out why these funds
were withheld, the source of the funds and a final solution to this
we discovered that most withheld and/or unpaid funds which
originated from lottery organizations, international trading
company's awarded contract funds and deceased personals where not
properly filed for international fund payment to its beneficiary
account by the fund beneficiary approved to receive such funds.
transfer suspension was placed on these funds because majority of
these international fund remittance/transfer of over the total sum of
$500,000 and above to private European/Non European residence
accounts abroad, usually carried out by foreign Banks, Private or
Commercial Courier Companies were never properly recorded by the
paying institution for future file reference/assessment by the
International Monetary Fund and the Financial Services Authority.
joint alliance with the European Financial Service Commission &
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to resolve this issue, we wish
to let you know that we have been approved to compensate you with
only the total sum of Three Million Great British Pounds Sterling
(3,000,000.00 GBP =  4,704,406.46 USD) to enable you start up your
own business.
response to this decision, we got the International Finance Auditors
to apply backward in time so that you can use the violation of the
existing law to get your awarded lottery funds on time. We were able
to gain an approval authorization letter from the Court Service
which stated that these funds will be released to its beneficiary's
account on proper confirmation of its claim.
need to properly apply for your awarded fund payment by sending us
your personal information below along with a scanned copy of your
international passport or drivers license so that we will forward it
for verification and payment.
By the
virtue of the provision of the law which confer on us powers to
advocate, adjudicate suspend and authorize an immediate transfer of
your funds internationally, we hereby state emphatically and without
prejudice that should there be any information that may succeed
your application for unclaimed awarded fund release that are
currently deposited in most foreign banks in Europe, Asia and in
Africa, please do not hesitate to provide us the information so that
we will know how to help you receive your funds.
Important Notice:
Your inability to submit your application for your fund payment will
continue to suspend your chances of receiving any international
fund payment directed to your local bank account from any existing
foreign bank until this clarification is made.
to properly apply for the fund release will nullify your chances
of receiving your unpaid international funds, and these funds will
be confiscated and made to be forfeited under the Money Laundering
and Other Financial Crime Prohibition Act of 2003.
For inquiries;
Post: HM Treasury. Horse Guards Road London SW1A 2HQ.
Call:  +44-(77) 0003 6878


Chancellor of the Exchequer
Rt Hon George Osborne MP (Conservative)
HM Treasury's Correspondence and Enquiry Unit.
Questions about this information should be directed to
Telephone: +44-77 0003 6878. or


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