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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fund beneficiary" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: MR.Robert Powell <email@example.com>
Date: 30 Aug 2020 01:15:50 +0300
Subject: YOUR URGENT RESOND IS NEEDED
International Monetary Fund Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,
DC 20431, USA.
Attention; Fund Beneficiary,
This is to intimate you of a very important piece of information
which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the
difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long
overdue 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 Robert Powell, 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 in 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.
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 first quarter payment of the year
because we only transfer funds 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:
XXTN013. Your 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) immediately. We assure you that
your payment will get to you as long as you follow my rectives
and instructions.We have decided to give you a CODE, THE CODE IS:
579.Please, any time you receive a mail with the name Robert
Powell, check if there is CODE (579) if the code is not written,
please delete the massage from your box!
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.
Robert Powell (I.M.F)
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE IMF TO THE UNITED NATIONS