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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: "ORDER TO RELEASE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 18:43:50 +0800

Hello Dear .

After a serious thought i decided to contact you because i know you were not told the truth from the beginning of this claim, that is why you have not been able to receive your over due payment. I am Mr.David Lipton, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. I OVERHEARD THE NEW FINANCE MINISTER DISCUSSING TO DIVERT YOUR OVERDUE FUNDS TO A SWISS BANK ACCOUNT. I considered it very necessary to let you know about it, so you can work with me and have this your funds processed and transferred in to your bank account. Get back to me for directives on how we will immediately stop this evil plan of the Finance Minister on this email address:

The only document holding the release of your funds is the G.S.T, and the 9 pages classified transfer document that must be endorsed by you only, and return back to me so i can process the transfer, I am very convinced that you were not told this before, I want to let you know that once the G.S.T is procured and 9 pages transfer document endorsed, then consider your funds$15.5 million USD already released to any bank account of your choice, or any payment option you deemed fit to receive your funds.

Reconfirm your details:
Full name:
House address:
mobile number:
cell phone :
Zip code:

Once you indicate your interest to work with me, i will give you step and directives on how we will go about the process of transferring this fund to your bank account with out any more delay, The Payment in question, will be transferred to your nominated bank account, under 72 hours upon the receipt of the above requested information.

You can reach me email for Guildline:
I will call you immediately I received your email.
Yours truly.
Mr.David Lipton.
(Deputy Managing Director
( International Monetary Fund)(IMF).

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