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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 USA <>
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:35:46 +0900

PAYMENT NOTIFICATION;This is to officially notify you that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the scam victims 1.5MUSD each, and your email address was found in the scam victim's list. This UBA Bank AND Federal Reserve Bank has been mandated by the IMF to pay your compensation to you via check, ATM card or Telegraphic Wire Transfer.
Therefore make your choice and contact us with your delivery/banking information, such as,
Your Full name--
Your phone number--
Your designated home address--
Bank name:--
Account name:--
Account number:--
Swift code:--

Note; that your payment files will be transfer to USA treasury Account as an unclaimed fund through IMF within 48hours if we do not hear from you. this is the instruction by the IMF.

Mark Jay
IMF Secretary General New York, USA
Tel;(+1(646) 513-5938)

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