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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: "Chrsitine M. Lagarde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:18:51 +0800
Subject: IMF ALERT!

Owner/Fund Beneficiary

The sum of $4.6 million. out of your over due total sum has been approved for payment through ATM cash card system after all attempts to pay you through bank, and diplomatic courier failed.

I am glad to send you this email to notify you concerning your ATM CARD which is in our custody for the past few months. We want you to understand that the delivery fees is being paid by the authorities and what you need to do now is to contact us immediately so that the delivery will commence to your door step as soon as possible.

Note that you are to pay for the safe security keeping fees of your ATM CARD which is just $275 Dollars only, so that immediate effect will take place for the delivery of your ATM CARD. If you know you won't be able to pay for the safe security keeping fee of your ATM CARD which is very mandated, please do not respond back to this email.

Please i repeat myself again if you know that you will not be able to pay for the safe security keeping of your ATM CARD which is $275 please i beg of you not to respond to this email because it will not help the recovery process.

Do fill this information and get back to us as soon as You received this message, thereby sending this confidential details to this e-mail for security reasons or call or text Mr. Paul Gilstrap for the immediate release of your fund:

ASSIGNED AGENT: Dr. Paul Gilstrap
Office Cell Phone: +234809-147-3285

Ms. Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde
HotLine: +1-980-216-8007

Reconfirm your mailing address. ===============================================

Full Name:.........


Mailing Address:..........

Personal Phone Number...........


Thanks for your understanding.


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Sorry if you received this letter in your spam, Due to recent connection error here in the country.

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