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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: "Rochas(I.M.F)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:49 +0100
Subject: At Your Own Risk

( I.M.F ) Head Office
#155 Gariki Road,Abuja/Nigeria
P.O. Box 3031.
International Monetary Fund.
Tel :+234-7055512008
Dear Fund Beneficiary,
This is to intimate 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 over due payment due to excessive demand
for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies
after which your fund remain unpaid to you.
I am Mr.Dan Rochas, a highly placed official of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF). 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/ Diplomat across Europe
to Africa and Asia /London Uk
and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was appointed
to handle your transaction here in Nigeria.
All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies,
Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact
with you of late have been instructed to back up 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 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. Here is my private! Email address (
with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your
fund will be released.
Also call me as soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be given an
immediate response:Direct Hotline:
Mr.Dan Rochas(I.M.F)

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