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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: IMF Alert <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:57:14 -0700
Subject: Call Our Office On 0022541314466 For Clarification.

International Monetary Fund
Immeuble BCEAO, 9ème Étage –
Angle Boulevard B. Roussel et Av.
Abdoulaye Fadiga
01 BP 3775 Abidjan 01, Côte d’Ivoire
Tel: 00(225) 41314466
Fax:00 (225) 41314466
Coordinator: Jean Le Dem

Attn Sir,

After several attempts to reach you on phone, I deemed it necessary and urgent to contact you via your e-mail address and to notify you finally about your outstanding payment.A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by two gentlemen, one of them is an American and he is Mr Melvin Abramson by name while the other person is Chen Lee Sung by name, a Chinese. This gentlemen claimed to be your representatives, and this power of attorney stated that you are dead, they brought an account to replace your information's in other to claim your fund of $6.5 Million which it is right now lying Dormant and Unclaimed, below is the new account they have submitted:

Bank Name: Bank Of America
Bank address: 6976 Douglas Blvd, Douglasville, GA 30135
Account Name:..... Melvin G Abramson
Account Number: ....... 334037043833
Routing Number: ........ 061000052
Swift code: .......... BOFAUS3N

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a Lung cancer. You are therefore given five working days to Confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, You are to contact us back immediately, Because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we Monitor all the Activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiaries Inheritance and contract payment from Asia,Africa, America,Europe etc.

Kindly re-confirm the followings to avoid misappropriation of funds.

1. Full Name
2. Date of Birth / Year of Birth
3. Nationality
4. Citizenship
5. Full Resident Address
6. Country of Residence
7. National Identity Reference (passport, ID card, etc.)

You are to call this office 0022541314466 immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 Hrs to speak with you and give you the Necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you Immediately.Just also be informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible of wrong payment.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Kone Doris ,On Behalf Of

Mr. Jean Le Dem (External Relations for Côte d’Ivoire and Coordinator)
Immeuble BCEAO, 9ème Étage –
Angle Boulevard B. Roussel et Av.
Abdoulaye Fadiga
01 BP 3775 Abidjan 01, Côte d’Ivoire
Tel: 00(225) 41314466
Fax:00 (225) 41314466

Bear in mind that many hoodlums has been using my name to contact people that has funds to claim. I used this opportunity to notify you once more that any email that has not the security code [Code IMFDUS3WXXX] on the subject is false,And Finally!

International Monetary Fund made the following annotations
Electronic Privacy Notice. This e-mail, and any attachments, contains information that is, or may be, covered by electronic communications privacy laws, and is also confidential and proprietary in nature. If you are not the intended recipient, please be advised that you are legally prohibited from retaining, using, copying, distributing, or otherwise disclosing this information in any manner. Instead, please reply to the sender that you have received this communication in error, and then immediately delete it. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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