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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: Christine Lagarde <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:24 +0100


I am sorry for my late response towards your unpaid fund which Dr.
Dominique Strauss Kahn placed ON-HOLD when he was on sit before his

Firstly we introduce this commission, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF), we
fight cuber crime, Internet fraud, scam and money laundering in any part of
the world, Our commission has been in existences since 2002 and our duty is
to stop internet fraud. We have over 7,500 of them in our jails around
Africa and we are still looking for these internet fraudsters and we are
aware that a lot of foreigners have been deceived and huge amount of money
has also been lost to this fraudsters after promising you percentages in
their letters for you to help them move funds and they will end up
demanding for money from you and in return you will get nothing.

The Leaders of the Africa Crime fighters, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
has come together to inform the world what is going on now and we have
recovered over $422 Million Dollars (Four Hundred and Twenty two Million
Dollars) from the people we have apprehended. The reason we are writing you
this letter is because your name was given to us by one of the fraudsters
in our detention room after serious investigation and our aim is to refund
all lost fund to its legitimate owner.

However, It is my pleasure to inform you that i have your file on my desk
as the new appointed IMF director and i will look forward to hearing from
you soon for further question and information before releasing your fund to
your designated bank account. You can know more about me here:

I wish you and your family wonderful day

Your';s Faithfully,

Mrs Christine Lagarde
Director, IMF

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