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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Donald Moore" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:54:24 -0700
Subject: IMF DIRECTIVES TO COMPLETE TRANSACTION!!!
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND UNIT(I.M.F)
FINANCIAL MONITORY DEPARTMENT/UNIT.
104 Broad Street, Kalidou Thiaw, 20004
Directors Direct Email:- (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Direct Number:-( +234-814-724-3438)
IMF DIRECTIVES TO COMPLETE TRANSACTION!!!
Strictly follow these security instructions below and do not disregard any letter from our department.
This message is to notify you that we have taken time to review your online email communication messages on the unsuccessful transactions with international inheritance,contract insurance and lottery organizations including foreign banks especially in Africa and United Kingdom. We have contacted most of these foreign banks to find out why your funds were withheld and the source of the funds. However a final solution to this problem is gotten.
It may interest you to know that reports have reached this office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks, C.B.N Bank,Zenith Bank and Diplomat(s) across Europe to Africa and Asia London UK, and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why the I.M.F interference is involved.
In joint alliance with the UNITED NATIONS to resolve this issue, we wish to let you know that we have been approved to assist you in receiving your funds BUT only the total sum of Nine million five hundred thousand dollars only ($9,500 000 000 USD) was approved for payment in order to enable you start up your own business. This was made possible through the assistance of the International Criminal Police Organization (I.C.P.O) to investigate and release suspended, withheld and unpaid Inheritance/Award Winnings and Contract funds to its Beneficiaries account abroad, We were able to track down some fraudulent scam artist in connection to this and they are currently facing the wrath of the law.
We have gone through the security manifest booklet of all international outstanding transactions and our extensive investigation confirmed that you are the original owner of this fund. Therefore, we wish to inform you again that we are now making arrangements from our department to process and pay the the total sum of $9.5 MILLION USD to you immediately you provide the requirements needed for the processing of this payment.
It is very important we state that your international transactions will never be released if you ignore this message and you are therefore advised to kindly acknowledge the content of this message by providing the information below for payment formalities.
- Your direct mobile telephone number:
- Your present home address for document delivery:
All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGO's, Finance Companies, C.B.N Banks, Security Companies and Diplomat(s) which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back up from your transaction and you are advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now directly in charge of your transaction. You are advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your funds 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. Respond to this e-mail on ( email@example.com) with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your funds will be release.
Considering the circumstances at hand, You are advice not to accept any fax or telephone calls that does not come from this office.
Appointed from IMF.
Monetary and Capital Markets Department.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND UNIT. (I.M.F)