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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: "LEGISLATIVE AFFAIR OFFICER (IMF)" <imf@info.lt>
Reply-To: <josephpetersonimf@yahoo.co.jp>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:09:04 -0600
Subject: URGENT NOTIFICATION (IMF)

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
FINANCIAL MONITORY DEPARTMENT/UNIT.
100 Broad Street Main Ave Victoria Island, 20004
HEAD OFFICE NO.23 Winchester Hills
Pretoria, South Africa.
Tel: (27)940-604-8449
 
 
 
 
ATTENTION,
 
 
This email is to enlighten you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long overdue payment due to excessive demand of money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies, Diplomatic agents and fraudulent barristers after which your fund/payment remain unpaid to you.
 
 
 
I am Mr. Joseph P. Reed a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Pretoria South Africa were I have been assigned to take responsibility of your funds remittance to you without further delay. It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences 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 these nightmares, which is the reason I was appointed to handle your transaction.
 
 
All Governmental and Non-Governmental parasites, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to quit from your transaction and YOU have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now directly in charge of your payment. You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction/funds remittance as your fund will be transferred to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk.
 
 
Respond to this e-mail on (jpetersonimf@yandex.com) with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your funds will be released to you. You are requested to reconfirm your personal details, i.e. Name, Address, Occupation, Age, Present country and finally send down a scanned copy of your identity card, i.e. Drivers license, international passport. Please kindly report any suspected scam/fraud email or ongoing transaction to this office for investigation and wait for feedback. God bless you.
 
 
Regards,
Mr. Joseph P. Reed (Director)
International Monetary Fund
Head Department
PRETORIA SOUTH AFRICA.
2014

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