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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: "Rev.Tony Nicholas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 01:07:07 +0100

Good Day,
We the International Monetary Fund IMF, Investigation Bureau Department in conjunction with other relevant Investigation agencies, we hereby to inform you that we recently received several reports through our Global intelligence monitoring networks that you have a transaction in UK,Europe,Asia West Africa which wasn’t accomplished after series of process and requires further procedures. Consequently we finally traced the location of the funds and ordered the dispatch or transmitting of the funds to a safe custody. OraBank Benin Republic, hence the mentioned Bank institute will be facilitating the transferring of the funds to your account in your country anywhere in the world as soon as possible, this decision was made due to the rate of corruption and scam reports perpetrated by Individuals and Government offices/companies in UK,Europe,Asia,Africa therefore your funds was ordered to be moved or transferred to safe Bank immediately for safety.

The transmission of the funds to OraBank Benin Republic was successfully executed today and we just received a confirmation from the OraBank Benin Republic that the funds valued the sum of $10.5Million Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars was received by the Bank management, therefore we are officially contacting you in this regard by letting you know that your funds are presently at OraBank Benin Republic. Therefore you are advised to contact them immediately with the information outlined below: OraBank Benin Republic.

Contact Person: Rev.Tony Nicholas

Contact them with the below information for the transfer of your Funds: Your personal profile (Profession, names, age, Home address, phone number# Your MOBILE and LANDLINE required) The Name of the Bank The account details will comprise the full address of the bank. The Routing number/Swift code Account name and Account number. Furthermore you are expecting to Identify yourself with the following code of conduct: EGZOXHXTFRD/WBG, this code was given by the Chairman of the OraBank Benin today for verification or easy identification so you must endeavor to include or indicating this code in your email. Finally you are advised to completely terminate all your conversation or correspondent with any other individual, authority or office in UK,Europe,Asia West Africa, who claims to be in the custody of your funds because your funds was officially directed to ORABANK today under our instructions therefore you should completely quit all conversations with any other individual or grou
p except the OraBank Benin Republ

Yours sincerely
Mrs,Madeleine Odette
Managing Director
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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