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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: "Ms. Christine Lagarde" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:38:23 +0300
Subject: International Monetary Fund (IMF

IMF - International Monetary Fund.
Address:700 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20431, United States


My name is Ms. Christine Lagarde and I work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I am writing you to let you know that finally your ATM Card worth $5000,000.00 USD has been delivered through UPS to Mr. Frank Wes, who works with the IMF where it is going to be activated before final delivery to your home address. You can use the tracking number with the tracking site below to track the ATM Card to be sure it has been delivered to Mr. Frank Wes, for activation.
Tracking number: 8293948600
tracking number: 1539731535
Tracking number:781713160169
Tracking number:781713183310
UPS tracking site:
UPS Tracking number: 1z2876490390947593

Below is the contact information to Mr.Frank Wes

Contact Name:Mr. Frank Wes
Contact Number: +1(512) 710-5441

You are to contact Mr. Frank Wes with his email address above then he will guide you on how your Card will be activated and delivered to your home address.

Please Fill Our The Following Information.

Full name:
Home address:

Note: The only fee you are to send for the activation fee is just $350 USD so make sure you don’t send him more than $350 USD. Your card is already with him and you can track it with the tracking details given to you above for confirmation.

Congratulations once more.

Best Regards,
Ms. Christine Lagarde
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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