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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: "Ms.Heidi Mendoza." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 06:48:01 -0300
Subject: Attention!!!

I am contacting you as one of the delegated members of the United Nations and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to send you the sum of Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($2,500,000.00) as compensation lottery prize awarded to you in the just concluded UN and IMF annual lottery draw promotion programme.

Your email address was among the 200 people selected randomly from the internet for this year UN and IMF annual lottery draw promotion programme which your email address emerged winner, your winning number is (UN/IMF400/856/AS87) and ballot number is (BN:6220/00657/UN/IMF).

Please contact Mr.Chris Rollins for your prize winning claim with the below informations as soon possible via his email address (;

*Full Names:
*Home Address:
*Phone Number

Ms.Heidi Mendoza

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