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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: "Dr Jones Robinson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:44:34 -0000


I am Mr. Jones Robinson Director in charge of the compensation funds
to scam victims from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), United

States Of America. It may interest you to know that reports have

reached our office by so many correspondence on the uneasy way which

people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies

across Europe to Africa and Asia and we have decided to put a stop to

that and that is why the IMF was appointed to monitor your transaction

here in Africa and Europe from the (IMF) that your compensation funds

gets to you.

After proper investigations and research at Western Union Money

Transfer and Money Gram office to know if you have truly sent money to

the scam Syndicates through Western Union Money Transfer or Money

Gram, your name was found in Western Union Money Transfer database

amongst those that have sent money through Western Union Money

Transfer to Nigeria. We are currently working in hand with the Economics And Financial Crime Commission (E.F.C.C) Nigeria and I assure you that we will track them all down, you have truly been swindled by those unscrupulous persons by sending money to them in the course of getting one fund or the other that is not real, right now the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is Monitoring all Compensation funds. Below is the link for your view

In this regard a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) investigations it was agreed

that the sum of Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars
(US$3,500,000) should be transferred to you out of the funds that

Federal Government of Nigeria has set aside as a compensation to

everyone who have by one way or the other sent money to fraudsters in

Nigeria, and those not in Nigeria would be paid by the INTERNATIONAL

MONETARY FUND in the United Kingdom

All I do need from you to reconfirm your informations properly

(1)Your Name In Full :....................

(2)Your Delivery Address:.............

(3)Your Occupation:.......................

(4)Your Contact Telephone Number:.......

(5) Age:..................

(6) Sex:..................

Inform them about this notification letter and the transfer of your
fund; and if you were not scammed from Nigeria your request would be
transferred to the paying Organization

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Jones Robinson ( (+19406047869)
Director In Charge,
International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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