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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "MR GREG ARMSTRONG" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:27:35 -0800
Subject: (ATM- 7750)
It is a pleasure to write you that we have reconciled with our logistic
department on the reimbursement of some fund spent by you during the cause
of your inadequate dealings with some imposters who claim to be staff in banks
and other regional payment centers.
Our reconciliation teams with the prospectus instrument of the United
Nations after freezing suspected imposters account. This support was fully
effective with the help of World Bank after a summit meeting in United States, on the
financial analysis on financial stability issues fluctuating their economy
with the international global standard.Your Fund which is truly $10.7
After gathering of this sum, our logistic department gave us a list of
customers to be paid who fall victims to this imposters due to unawareness.
And mode of payment was as well specified for proper conducts and financial
regulations to kick against criminality during process of payment.
We have arranged your payment through our swift card centers, which is the
latest instruction from International Monetary Fund Reconciliation Office.
The card center will send you an ATM Debit card which you will use to
withdraw your money in any ATM Center, Banks and Union Pay Credit outlets in the
world,You are hereby selected as an honor for this payment approval, which you
are to acknowledge the receipt of this mail in returning the required below to the
Logistic Department by email listed below.
Office of Reconciliation and Logistics Vaults, International Monetary Fund
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
Email:( firstname.lastname@example.org )
1. Full Name
2. Phone and Fax Number
3. Your age and Current Occupation
4. Contact Address where you want your ATM Card to be delivered to (P.O Box
Not Acceptable) For your information, you have to stop any further
communication with any other person (s) or office (s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.
Because of Impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is
(ATM- 7750) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the Card Center by
using it as your subject.
Kindly be informed that recipients shall be liable to all cost arising for
the delivery of the donation parcel.This is due to Legal law protecting all
donation funds misappropriation.
Yours in Service,
MR GREG ARMSTRONG
Secretary-General Of The
International Monetary Fund