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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: "Alex Wash"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:59:19 -0400

Attention: Honorable Beneficiary,

The International Monetary Funds, IMF has authorized my Office to settle all the Foreign Debts owed by the Benin Republic, South African and British Government.The IMF Foreign Policy and Currency Regulation offered a loan of $68 billion to Benin Republic, South African and British Government. Based on the Agreement $8 billion was mapped out for the Foreign Debts and your name was one of those Beneficiaries to be paid through my Office.

Based on the agreement mentioned above all the money you have or had spent in the course of getting this money in the past or present must be included as no money will be lost. Therefore, you are directed to state categorically the total amount you had spent before and forward it to my Office now before the total payment will be submitted to the IMF HQ for final approval on your behalf.

Your payment this time will be taken place immediately after all legal processes in regards to this transaction is validated. You are hereby requested to respond to this email with the information's requested below:

Your Name(s)
Your Address
Your Age
Your Occupation (Please specify if you are retired)
Your Direct and valid Phone (Home, Work and Cell)

My direct tel phone number is +44 7024051757

Kindly reply now.

Alexander Washumb

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