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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: "Mrs. Rose Maxwell" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Rose Maxwell" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:18:47 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your ATM Pin-code is this (Imf-7710).

Attn: Fund Owner!

This is Mrs. Rose Maxwell, General Secretary of International Monetary Fund [IMF]. I write this letter to you based on our board of Directors meeting held yesterday to release your unpaid through ATM Master Card payment method and send it to your house to avoid anymore delay. We have converted your total fund of ($2.8million) to ATM Master Card and its ready to be shipped, meanwhile you are advise to contact ATM PAYMENT CENTER.

The only money their will required from you is the shipped fee, so contact the Director, Mr. Johnson Dexter, via the following information below:

Director, Mr. Johnson Dexter,
ATM Master Card Payment Center.
Phone: +229-98750096

Do reconfirm the following information to the Director, Mr. Johnson Dexter, to avoid wrong delivery:

Full Name________
Home or Office Address:__________
Your: Occupation:_________
Your ID Card Copy:_______

We told the Director, Mr. Johnson Dexter, that you will contact him soon for the shipment of your ATM MASTER CARD and you are advise to use the following code as Subject when contacting him: the code is (Imf-7710). Your ATM Pin-code will be given to you as soon as you contact him. Have a nice day.

Yours In Service
Mrs. Rose Maxwell,
General Secretary of International
Monetary Fund [IMF].

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