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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: "George F. Jones" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:51:35 -0700

I am Axel Schimmelpfennig, the newly-sworn Chair person International
Monetary Organization South Africa. I have made it my first point of call
since taking office tosettle all outstanding payments accrued to
individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract
payment, debt re-scheduling and outstandingcompensation payment. This is to
make sure all outstanding payments are settled before the end of the fiscal
year 2016.I have your file here in my office and it saysthat you are yet to
receive your fund valued at $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States
Dollars only). And the money was deposited with Nedbank South Africa. Today
i made an arrangement with the CEO of the bank Michael William Thomas to
transfer the fund to you without any hitch.

Here is his contact details,

Contact Person: Michael W. Brown (CEO)
Phone: +27 612 545 370

Please contact him with your full information to help them process your

(1) Full Names:
(2) Residential Address:
(3) Current Phone Number:
(4) Age:
(5) Country of Residence:
(6) Occupation:

Note: This email address is not monitored, make sure to forward your
information to Michaels email address or you won't get a reply. his email
is ( )


Axel Schimmelpfennig
Senior Resident Representative
International Monetary Fund
Hatfield, South Africa

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