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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: "Axel Schimmelpfennig" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:06:33 +0200


This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment, due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.

I am Axel Schimmelpfennig, the newly-sworn Chairperson International Monetary Organization South Africa. I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals/corporations on local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. This is to make sure that all the outstanding payments are settled before the end of the fiscal year 2017.

All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back off from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now directly in charge of your payment. I have your file here in my office, and it says that 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, and you have been appointed to accredited branch manager, David Sipho, who will handle your transaction.

Here are his full contact details,

Contact Person: David Sipho (Branch Manager)

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

(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 David's 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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