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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: "Mrs Christine Lagarde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mrkunpng@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:04:43 -0700
Subject: RE: COMPENSATION OF $6.5 Million,

International Monetary Fund Compensation Unit,
In Affiliation With World Bank.
Address:1900 Pennsylvania
Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20431
Tel: 1 239-205-4843
Our Ref: IMF/USA/00112
RE: COMPENSATION OF $6.5 Million,
Attention,
 
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and the family? You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for the past 3 months which ended yesterday with the Director and secretary to the International Monetary Fund. This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the International Monetary Fund have agreed to compensate them with the sum of $6.5 Million each and you have to indicate how much you lost in the hand of scammers.
 
This includes every foreign contractors, Inheritance,Next Of Kin,Dating and Lottery payment that have not received their Lottery/Inheritance payment, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international Lottery payment that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your name in our list and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.
 
You are advised to contact Mr. Kun Pong who is in charge of your payment through our paying center in Asia as she is our representative in Kingdom of Thailand, contact him immediately for your compensation of $6.5 Million. he will be sending your $6.5 Million for your compensation payment from the International Monetary Fund Office.
 
Therefore you are advice send her below for claim.
1. FULL NAME:.
2. PRESENT ADDRESS:.
3. TELEPHONE NUMBER:.
4. YOUR OCCUPATION:.
5. HOW MUCH YOU HAVE LOST BEFORE:.
Person to Contact: Mr Kun Pong.
Email: mrkunpng@gmail.com
Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive your compensation funds don't neglect this I advice you.
 
International Monetary Funds, Making the world a better place, Note your reply has been directed to the office of Mr Kun Pong so kindly click reply and your email will be redirected as approved.
 
Regards,
Mrs Christine Lagarde
IMF Managing Director.

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