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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: "Mrs.Sandas Wallace" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:17:06 +0100

European Regional Department Building,
International Monetary Fund (I.M.F),
United Kingdom.


I deemed it necessary and urgent to contact you via your e-mail address to notify you finally
about the payment of your outstanding/unclaimed inheritance.
This is to inform you that we came to London from United States of America,
after series of complaints from the FBI and other Security agencies from Asia, Europe, Oceania, Africa,
and the United States of America respectively, against African and European Governments
with the manner they are delaying beneficiaries unclaimed funds.

We have met with the British Prime Minister David Cameron who claimed that he has been trying
his best to make sure you receive your fund in your account.
We are working in collaborations with the British Financial Services Authority.

Right now, as directed by IMF managing Director Christine Lagarde, the Government of
Britain has been authorized to effect the release of your outstanding fund approved by the
British and the IMF without any delay.

You should STOP contact with those you have been contacting in the past.
We would like you to urgently respond to this message so that I can advise you on
how best to confirm your fund within the next 72 hours.

Reply to

Yours sincerely,

Mrs.Sandas Wallace
Head Monitoring Unit

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