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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:

From: Moris Park <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:36:20 +0100
Subject: PROJECT

24 Brunswick Square
B1 2HW,
London, UK

Our Ref:- IMF/LUK/EBP/3290/21
Attn: Approved Beneficiary. Payment File Ref: IMF/CB/GH-0932

We observe as the global Financial Watch dog that disrupts illegal transfer and terrorist finance networks all over the world. Base on the financing system that exists today, through investigations, our operation has been targeting a wide variety of financial surveillance and systems that may be used by terrorists to raise and move funds globally and the sheer volume of capital transfers that regularly take place more than a trillion dollars a day- make tracing terrorist funds an exquisitely difficult task, legitimate daily financial transfers are the bedrock of what we know as globalization. These systems include illegal enterprises (such as fraud schemes and illegal remittance networks), as well as legitimate enterprises (such as businesses being used to co-mingle illicit funds with legitimate funds), and charity/relief organizations (in which donations may be diverted to terrorist groups).
In conjunction with United States Intelligence Agency, Investigative Arm of World Bank, Economic Police and Financial Action Task Force one of the tools that were instructed to us to apply and prevent terrorism is to ascertain the source/fund origin as genuine and legitimate before the final remittance, our sixty (60) days intensive surveillance paid off last two weekend ago with the discovery of funds stashed away in a bank in Europe(name with held) by the officials of African government in charge of foreign payments, the funds which runs into billions of dollars are meant for foreign beneficiaries, the said fund/account has been frozen since then for proper scrutiny, and am happy to inform you this morning that we have received the nod of the concerned global financial agencies this morning to defreeze the account and use the funds and offset all due approved entitlement which your fund has been listed as one of the approved payment to be released, we were directed to verify all due payment from today being 30th of may 2012 and recommend/forward the data of eligible beneficiary to the paying bank on 8th June 2012 being next week Friday for immediate direct wire
In view of the above, you are directed to send your full personal and payment information.

Above all, it is very important to inform you at this point that the release of the payment is solely by direct bank transfer only (bank to bank) once we received your full information as requested and your direct bank account where you want the funds to be transferred, after vetting, we will instruct the bank to effect the release of your payment.

We shall be looking forward to receive the information as requested above only on this E-mail:

We are expecting your response.

Yours Truly,

Moris Park.
Director General Economic Budget & Planning
IMF European/African Program Assistance Center
London UK.

N/B: This message is strictly for the addressee, no third party representation or disclosures.

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