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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: Mr Taylor Long <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 06:34:03 +0800
Subject: Attention Please Read Carefully

Attention: Beneficiary.

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of US$1.5Million dollars from AFRICA have been RELEASED and APPROVED for

onward Transfer to you through an ATM CARD. After our meeting with United Nations and International monetary fund (I.M.F)It was concluded that your funds

will be paid to you with the help of ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw all the US$1.5 Million United States Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any

part of the world,But the maximum amount you can withdraw daily is the sum of USD$3,000.00 only.

We the board of trustees of United Nations/I.M.F have also mandated the Malaysian Government designated bank to send your ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you

which you will use to withdraw all your USD$1.5 Million in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world. You are therefore advised to contact the

DIRECTOR OF ATM CARD OPERATIONS in Malaysia with the information stated below:


Inform Dr Tracy Gilbert, THE DIRECTOR OF ATM CARD OPERATIONS that you received a message from United Nation by Mr Taylor Long in UK.

Once you have`contacted Dr Tracey Gilbert, inform me as soon as possible by email and also call me

We wish to use this opportunity to express our sincere apology over your plight in the past Years and we wish to assure you of prompt receipt of your fund

through ATM Card. Thanking you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

Mr Taylor Long,
On behalf of IMF/UN

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