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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: Funds Transfer Section <>
Reply-To: Funds Transfer Section <>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 02:29:55 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your Funds Has Been Sent

VITAL FINANCE Adjara Dokodji
Porto Novo, Cotonou Benin.
Send SMS text at (320) 204-0060 or call  +229-989-653-77 
for more Details and directives.

Notification from International Monetary Funds. My names are Mrs. Katrina Sharkey World Bank Country Manager and also Director Benin International Monetary Fund (IMF) I am writing on behalf of (IMF) Benin and World Bank to inform you the arrangement of getting your funds $500,000.00 US Dollars, was not clear because of difficulties with authorities. Your Funds delivery arrangement does not any more allowed by such company mention bellow ( Western Union Money Transfer or Money-Gram Money Transfer or Courier Delivery Company) The International Monetary Funds and Lawyer's Chamber have cancelled those company because of their disappointment, they are not any more in-charge of your Funds $500,000.00 US Dollars and your Funds is not any more in their control. Please stop contact with them.

We have booked the payment assignment with Central Bank to start depositing the funds in your account direct, due to the large amount involve. The International Monetary Funds (IMF) & Lawyer's Chamber have arrange to pay you the total funds with help of  WORLD BANK and to make sure that you have the total funds in your account by receiving $48,000.00 US Dollars daily each payment and as of now you are free to have the funds into your account and  because of the large amount involve you will be receiving $48,000.00 US Dollars on each transfer to avoid difficulties with the Authorities.

We have now track with CENTRAL BANK and they told us that the payment will start as soon as possible after renewing the payments files, to renew the payment files will cost you only $98 after that we shall obtain the DEPOSIT FORM to get the fund to your account direct. Meanwhile the $98 is the only cost you will pay to renew the payment file to enable us obtain CENTRAL BANK DEPOSIT FORM to have the Funds Deposit into your account direct, each transfer will clear into your account within 12 hours after payment. Remember that you will receive $48,000.00 daily until we pay you the total Funds in full. The instalment payment $48,000.00 will soon be in your account, you just try to send the required $98.00 Dollars urgent for the renew to enable us obtain the CENTRAL BANK DEPOSIT FORM which I will use to deposit the funds into your account direct.

Here is receiver's information to send the required $98.00 Dollars through Money Gram.

Receivers Name: Ndubuisi Onyekwe
Country Benin
City Cotonou
Text Question: Present Year
Answer: 2015

Waiting Your vital Response

Mrs. Katrina Sharkey
World Bank Country Manager & Director Benin International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Phone +22998965377 USA Phone Number 320-204-0060 only text.

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