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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 20:41:14 +0800 (CST)
Subject: International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Commitee on policy harmonisation,
west Africa.
Dr.Sogulo Charles.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
700 19th Street P/N Cotonou Benin.
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Urgent Attention .
We are pleased to inform you that we are the International Monetary Fund (IMF) set up by the  United Nations in conjunction with the World Bank . Based on series of petitions we received from International Bodies such as Cooperate Bodies and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO on the Inability of some Government of different countries in the World, Mostly Africans bank & their Commercial banks and World Lottery Organization After the meeting held on 8th September 2011 ,your name was listed for compensation payment as one of the scammed victims to be paid $500, compensations.

On this faithful recommendations, I want you to know that during the last meetings held at Cotonou, Benin Republic, it was alarmed so much by the world in the meetings on the lose of funds by various individuals to the scams artists operating  all over the world today.In other to compensate victims, the U.N Body is now paying 10 victims of this operators $500,000.00 USD each in accordance with the U.N.recommendations. Due to the corrupt and inefficient Banking Systems,the payments are to be paid by Central Bank of west africa,
According to the number of applicants at hand, 14 Beneficiaries has been paid, half of the victims are from the United States .
we still have more 36 left to be paid the compensations of $500,000.00USD each, you are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to any body for any reason what so ever as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals. So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and possible consideration.

Listen, you have nothing to pay for the transfer of the fund into your account, if you will not be able to come down here by yourself to sign the certificate of fund release order of the fund, you will contact the central bank of west Africa attorney in order to sign the papers on your behalf on submit to bank of west africa for transfering of the fund into your account .Bear it in mind that the attorney may demand consultation fees from you and do not forget to send your contact information to us. Contact us with this email:
we are waiting for your response to commence with the transfer immediately.
Your personal code:Payment Reference No.-35460021,
Allocation No:674632 Password No : 339331 ,
Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit Payment No : 103 ,
Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex confirmation No: -1114433 ;
Secret Code No: XXTN013 ,
We expect your urgent response to this email to know if you will be able to come
down here.

Dr.Sogulo Charles.
Phone: +229-673-593-42

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