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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. Deborah Benson" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:09:01 -0700
Subject: Greetings

ESS AREA, GARKI, ABUJA Contact Agent Name: Mark Tunde Email :( tunde.tunde2= Phone: +234-8032129410 INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) G=
reetings. This is to intimate you of a very important information which wil=
l be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been =
experiencing in getting your long over due Certified Bank Draft Cheque of (=
$2.500.000.00 usd) due to excessive demand for money from you by both corru=
pt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid=
to you. International Monetary Fund (IMF) It may interest you to know that=
reports have reached our office by so many correspondence on the uneasy wa=
y which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies =
across Europe to Africa and Asia and we have decided to put a stop to that =
and that is why i was appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria.=
All Governmental and Non-Governmental parasites, NGOs, Finance Companies, =
Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact =
with you of late have been instructed to back up from your transaction and =
you have been advised not to respond to them anymore since the IMF is now d=
irectly in Charge of your Certified Bank Draft Cheque ($2.500.000.00 usd ) =
You are hereby advised not to remit further payment to any institutions wit=
h respect to your transaction as your fund will be transfer to you directly=
from our source. I hope this is clear to you now; any action contrary to t=
his instruction is at your own risk. And the only money you are to pay to M=
r. Mark Tunde is $250 Usd for the paper works backup documentation on your =
Certified Bank Draft Cheque, take note of that. Once again stop contacting =
those people, I will advise you to contact Mr. mark Tunde so that he can he=
lp you to transfer your fund into your account, instead of dealing with tho=
se liars that will be turning you down with there lies. In furtherance to m=
y mail, then also, anytime you receive any kind of email similar to the one=
I have sent you this very first time I contacted you or any one, I will wa=
nt you not to respond to it and it should be forwarded to me. Be rest assur=
ed that it must be an under ground ploy from the Bank doing an investigatio=
n to see if you will also jump at the opportunity of such proposal. This is=
a way of carrying out investigation over the legitimacy of the claim you a=
re making to the Certified Bank Draft Cheque. So any time you receive an em=
ail similar to the one I have sent you for the very first time even the FBI=
or I.M.F even anyone at all, I will want you not to respond to it. All you=
need to do is forward it to me. No matter from whom ever it came from, you=
must disregard it. It is an under ground investigation from the office and=
the Bank. Only respond to this e-mail ( with i=
mmediate effect and you shall get further details on how your fund will be =
released. Also call him as soon as you send the e-mail so that you will be =
given an immediate response. Contact Agent Name: Mr. Mark Tunde. Email: tun= Contact Number: +2348032129410 Regards. Mrs. Debor=

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