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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: "SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION PAYMENT" <info@nx.com>
Reply-To: <imf.agent@aol.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:34:41 -0400
Subject: SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION PAYMENT VJFPJJGPDO

UN-IMF
UN-IMF COMPENSATION UNIT
Our Ref: IMF-UN /OGB/CTB
RELEASE CODE No: 777
AMOUNT— 3.5m USD
 
Attention: The Beneficiary Of This Fund
 
 
SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION PAYMENT
 
Please be informed that your long awaited compensation funds payment, 3.5m USD (Three Million,Five Hundred Thousand US D0llars) has finally been approved but it has also been brought to our notice that a gentle man, named Micheal Layton has just forwarded a new bank coordinates, claiming that, he is your next of kin and that you are dead. Now, here comes the big question:
 
Did you authorize the above mentioned person to claim your funds? Are you truly dead or alive? Is Michael Layton your next of kin? If no, kindly reconfirm this information and get back to us with the below information for verification as the wire will be done within 48hours from this notice:
 
Your Name:
Age:
Man/Woman:
Country:
Country You Live Now:
Occupation/Job:
Mobile Number:
 
 
We await your urgent response so that we can proceed with your payment.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Joseph K. Ingram
Resources Director
For; IMF-UN Geneva-Switzerland.
Email To: imf.agent@aol.com
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