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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: "Mr Andrew G. McCabe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2018 02:14:14 -0700
Subject: Your contract/ Inheritance fund US$25,500.000.00

The Treasury Department leads the U.S.
700 19th Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20431
Ref Swift: IMFDUS7W2017
The Treasury Department leads the U.S. Government's engagement in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is an organization of 188 member countries that works to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. The Secretary of the Treasury serves as the U.S. Governor to the IMF, and the U.S. Executive Director of the IMF is one of 24 directors who exercise voting rights over the strategic direction of the institution.
While IMF serving almost all the countries of the world, were obligated to comply with both Domestic and International Financial Laws, which requires us to verify your identity prior to sending or receiving wire transfer to or fro nations. Please understand that this procedure is crucial for preventing financing terrorism and organized crime throughout the world Today the Global Financial Stability Report, a quarterly publication launched to review a regular assessment of global Pending Foreign Payments, reviewed that your contract/ Inheritance fund US$25,500.000.00 which was seized and confiscated on Tuesday, February 10, 2017 by the Global Illicit Financial Team as it was tagged suspicious fund transfer was proven to be a legal fund, free from any illegal business and civil, criminal, or financial crime.
It has been showed that you have fully complied with the International statutory provision for payment of Huge Funds under Article 102, section 36, SS 1a-2b of the 2012 International Financial and Allied Matters Act.Prior to this effect, an irrevocable fund transfer authorization letter has been forwarded to the remitting bank "ZENITH BANK " to commence with the fund transfer as appropriate to you as the beneficiaries with Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: FGS43N.
Kindly contact; Mr. peter Amangbo Managing Director,Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ZENITH BANK PLC,Email: { } with your Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: FGS43N, as your fund transfer order has been forward to their bank.
NOTE: If You Receive This Message In Your Junk Or Spam It's Due To Your Internet Provider.
cc: Andrew G. McCabe ,
Michelle Alay, Office Manager (I.M.F)

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