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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: "Mrs.Christine Lagarde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:05:54 -0300
Subject: Read carefully


Hello Beneficiary,

We would like to bring to the notice of the general public that several variants of financial scam letters purporting to be sanctioned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or authored by high ranking IMF officials are currently in circulation, and may appear on official letterhead containing the IMF logo. The scam letters instruct potential victims to contact the IMF for issuance of a “Certificate of International Capital Transfer” or other forms of approval, to enable them receives large sums of monies as beneficiaries. The contact e-mail information is always BOGUS and unsuspecting individuals are then requested to send their personal banking details which the scammers utilize for their fraudulent activities.

Contrary to what is stated in these scam e-mails, letters, or phone conversations, the IMF does NOT authorize, verify, monitor, or assist in contract or inheritance payments between third parties, nor does it endorse the activities of any bank outside our agents, financial institution, or other public, For purposes of clarification, the IMF is an inter-governmental organization whose transactions and operations are carried out directly with its member countries.

If you have already received such e-mails, you are advised to terminate all further contacts with those scammers, and in the event that you have sent them fees, you can contact Barrister Frank Daniel to assist you and have all complain forwarded to the EFCC in Nigeria, FBI and the United nations police.

We apologize for all lose and with the help of the Nigeria government and the United state Government, we where able to recover so much money from scammers individuals, which is why we are compensating you with the sum of $5.000.000 US dollars, from the wold bank. for you to receive your payment, you are advised to contact out IMF outstanding Barrister Frank Daniel. To assist you with the the directions for you to receive your compensation payment,

Note: To receive your compensation payment, it would cost you a refundable fee of $550 dollars for some document which is needed to be done to enable the grant of your funds to you. To proceed with the next step available for you to receive you funds, kindly contact the barrister with your right information needed below.

1. Full Name ..................................
2. Sex ................................
3. Residential Address .............................
4. Fax/ Phone Number ............................
5. Country ......................
6. your Identity card .................

kindly reconfirm the above information, it's for the benefit of your transaction because we do not want false information in receiving your payment.

Contact Name: Barrister Frank Daniel

Best Regards.
International Monetary Fund.
Mrs.Christine Lagarde

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If you know this transaction is not related to you, do not insult and if found in spam move it INBOX.

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