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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "from the desk of" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Jaclyn Williamson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:23:58 -0400
Subject: RE: COMPENSATION BY (IMF) ON CONTRACT/INHERITANCE APPROVED FUND IN YOUR FAVOUR
FROM THE DESK OF:
MR WILLIAMSON S. JACLYN (DIRECTOR)
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
DEPT WORLD DEBT RECONCILIATION AGENCIES.
LONDON , U.K.
RE: COMPENSATION BY (IMF) ON CONTRACT/INHERITANCE APPROVED FUND IN YOUR FAVOUR.
This is to officially inform you that you are among the list of Unpaid Contractors, Inheritance Next of kin, Lotto Beneficiaries and ATM process that was originated from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle east, Americans ) and also among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been located to the Few Banks in the World. Now the on going Payment by the Geneva Pact signed by this Office and the World Bank & United Nation Organization as it relates to Long Over-Due Payment of Foreign beneficiaries liable with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) UK, Department of the World Debt Reconciliations Agencies, Apparently investigations carried out by the World Bank Auditors has confirmed that you are being asked to Pay certain irrelevant Charges by some Banks and other the World Bank financial institutions, therefore making it very difficult for you to meet such obligations.
In view of this, the Governing Board of the World Bank has directed this Office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) UK, Department of the World Debt Reconciliations Agencies to scrutinize and oversee an immediate release of your payments that has met the requirements for effectiveness without any further delay.
Its interesting to inform you that we receive account information from one Rev.Larson that you instructed him to
receive your own approved fund on your behalf as your NEXT OF KIN. He send us email together with his account information?s that his ready to pay and obtain the CERTIFICATE OF LEGALITY to secure the fund on your behalf. He is the owner with the account information below; Please do confirm the account details and update us immediately with regards to your relationship with Rev. Lawrence R. Larson.
Rev. Lawrence R. Larson, D.Th.
Independent Bankers Bank of Florida
Address: 615 Crescent Executive Court,
City: Lake Mary
Zip Code: 32746
ACCOUNT ABA #: 063111596
NO Swift Code.
Furthermore, certification and unconditional payment release orders has been invested on this Board and it involves payment from our statutory Foreign Reserves of International Capital Market(ICM) loan from (IMF)and the World Bank respectively. It is of vital International Finance Interest that all Payments under this dispensation have been bestowed on the World Bank Auditors for immediate settlements.
On behalf of the World Bank Organizations, this body regrets any inconveniences this delay might have caused your good self. Please you are advised to reconfirm the below listed information to enable us facilitate an immediate payment & Confirmation of your approval instructing Rev. Lawrence R. Larson to receive your approved payment on your behalf.
(i) Your full names:
(ii) Your present contact address.
(iii) Your direct telephone & Fax numbers.
(iv) Your Occupations/age/sex/copy of I.D.
(v) Your Private Email Address.
(vi) Home Equity (Yes or No).
(vii) Your Receiving Bank Information's
(viii) Your Valued Amount expected.
Thus, you are finally advised to stop all further communications with any agents, group of people or any Government bodies in respect of your payment. Please you are advised to contact this Office immediately to enable us facilitate an immediate payment for you either by Cash Payment or Wire Transfer or any other mode of payment of your choice.
Please you are required to indicate your willingness to receive your fund.
Awaiting to hear from you soonest.
MR WILLIAMSON S. JACLYN.