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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:

Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:21:07 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: ATTN: From, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Managing Director
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
700 19th Street P/N Cotonou Benin.
ATTN: From, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Notefication from International Monetary of Funds, My name is Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I am the Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) I am writing on be half of (IMF) just to let you know that the furmal arrangement to get you the funds was not clear because of difficulties with authorities. Your Funds delivery arrangement did not any more allowed by such company matured bellow ( Western Union Money Transfer or Money-Gram Money Transfer or Courier Delivery Company) The International Monetary of and Lawyer's Chamber have cancelled those company because of their disappointed to peoples after collecting fees from them, the arrangement with such company has failed due to difficult with authorities on getting you the consignment through such three company stated bellowed ( Western Union Money Transfer or Money-Gram Money Transfer or Any types of Courier) please stop any cooperation with them to avoid scam you as they will not send you any
thing in return, they are not any in-change of your coinsignment because of your funds is not any more in their control, Please stop contact with any western union or Money-Gram, Diplomatic or Courier.
We have booked the payment asignment with Central Bank to start deposit the funds on your account, Because of the larged amount The International Monetary Funds & Lawyer's Chamber have approved to pay you the total funds with assignment of CENTRAL BANK whom will work it out together with WORLD BANK to make sure that you have the total funds on your account by receing $48 000 on each payment, as now you are free to have the funds into your account. Because of the larged amount you are going to receive $48 000 on each transfer, I would like it to be sent to your  bank account in amounts of $48,000 in each deposit' it is possible to avoid difficulties with the Authorities.
We have now track  with CENTRAL BANK and they told us that the payment will start as soon as possibble after renewing the payments files, to renew the payment files will cost $118, after that we shall obtain the DEPOSIT FORM to get the fund to your account, meanwhile $118 is the only cost you will bear to renew the payment file to enable us obtain CENTRAL BANK DEPOSIT FORM to have the fund transfer into your account, each transfer will clear into your account in 12hours, Remember that you will receive $48 000.00 daily until paid in full, your try send $118 and I will take care of the balance. The first payment of $48 000 will soon be in your account if possible you sent this $118 for the renew to enable us obtain the CENTRAL BANK DEPOSIT FORM wich I will use to deposit the funds into your account. Please reconfirm your account.
CITY............................... PORTO NOVO
COUNTRY.................... REPUBLIC OF BENIN
ANSWER........................ SURE
AMOUNT....................... $118 USDOLLARS

Thank You.
 Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Managing Director
International Monetary Fund(IMF)


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