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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:
- 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.
Fraud email example:
From: Mr. Davidson Rollins<email@example.com>
Date: 31 Jul 2019 06:54:33 +0200
Subject: (I.M.F ) Head Office
(I.M.F ) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
This is to intimate you of a very important information which
will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties
you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment,
due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank
officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain
unpaid to you.
I am Mr. Davidson Rollins, a highly placed official of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know
that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences
on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various
Banks and Courier Companies/ Diplomat across Europe to Africa and
Asia /London Uk. We have decided to put a stop to that and that
is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in America
as Mr Donald J Trump has given me the permission.
All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance
Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which
have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to
back off from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to
respond to them anymore since the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) is now directly in charge of your payment. Your name
appeared in our payment schedule list of beneficiaries that will
receive their funds in this 3rd quarter payment of the year
because we only transfer fund twice in a year according to our
banking regulation. We apologize for the delay of your payment
and please stop communicating with any office now and attention
to our office payment accordingly.
Now your new Payment, United nation Approval No; UN5685P, White
House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No:
674632 Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your
Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103, Released Code No: 0763;
Immediate (IMF) Telex confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No:
Your part payment inheritance fund is USD$ 10.7 Million. Having
received these vital payment numbers, therefore you are qualified
now to receive and confirm your payment with the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) American Region immediately within the next
24hrs. I assure you that your payment will get to you as long as
you follow my directives and instructions. We have decided to
give you a CODE, THE CODE IS: 805. Please, any time you receive a
mail with the name Mr. Davidson Rollins, check if there is CODE
(805) if the code is not written, please delete the message from
You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any
institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will
be transferred to you directly from our source. I hope this is
clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own
risk. Respond to this e-mail on (firstname.lastname@example.org) with
immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how
your fund will be released.
Mr. Davidson Rollins
(I.M.F) Head Office