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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: "IMF" <>
Reply-To: ms,
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:27:00 -0700

To Your Attention;

On behalf of the board and management of International Monetary
Committees (IMC). London UK, I Ms. Christine Lagarde, the Operations
Manager wishes to inform you that your boxes tagged diplomatic luggage
122 with Ref: No1226/X42/206 which was deposited in our vault for safe
keeping is due for Immediate collection. Be informed that we have
concluded all arrangements to deliver your consignment at your
doorstep through diplomatic means. In line with the binding diplomatic
consignment delivery policies, kindly furnish us with the following as
set forth.

A copy of your international passport or any other means of
identification as the true consignee .
The address where the above cargo/funds should be delivered to and
your phone number.
List the nearest international airport to your address location.

Meanwhile, we urge you to treat the above requirement with utmost
urgency to enable us dispense our duties and obligation accordingly
thereby allowing us to serve you in a timely fashion. Upon
satisfactory receipt of all the above mentioned, you Will be further
acquainted with the detailed delivery itinerary including information
of the diplomat who will accompany your boxes.

We pledge our best service at all times.

Yours Faithfully
Ms. Christine Lagarde
Foreign Operations Manager

________________________________прокуратура Калининградской областиг. Калининград, ул. Горького, д

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