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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:

Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:56:19 +0100
Subject: Attention:Please,

Address: 7915 Durham, Charlotte, NC 28273, USA
Telephone Number: (315) 834-4660
Officer In charge Of Foreign Inheritance Payment
Mr. James Amsterdam (SAN).
File Registration No:000012/NC485/29-IMF


A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by this woman, she is an American national and Her name is Miss. Michelle Lynn Farrell, This woman claimed to be your representative and this power of attorney stated that you are dead, she brought an account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of ($8.5 Million) Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars which is now lying in a dormant account UNCLAIMED, below is the Address she have submitted:

FULL NAME: Michelle Lynn Farrell
FULL ADDRESS: 1400 River Pl Suite 200. Braselton, GA 30517 USA
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER: 727-421-49921
MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:: Married, 72 Years
Bank bank
account# / 6503809428.
Address: 1100 Dawson Rd. Albany, GA 31707

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24hrs to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, You are to contact us back immediately, Because we work 24hours just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of beneficiaries inheritance and contract payment.

You are to call this office immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24hours to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately and also be informed that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we will not be held responsible for any wrong payment.

So kindly contact us urgently if you are Alive as we have her identification and residence she provided for this payment to be wired to her account. N/B Note that you will required to pay the IMF payment Release Bound administrative charge of $395.00us dollars (Three Hundred And Ninety-Five Dollars) only for file endorsement processing charge.

Here is the information you are required to send via email for us to check up with the data's we have in our central computer.

(1) Full Name.............
(2) Country/State/ City Name.............
(3) Delivery Address.........
(4) Occupation.............
(5) Sex..................
(6) Age.................
(7) Telephone Number...........
(8) A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses.......

Contact Person
Mr. James Amsterdam (SAN).
Email Address:(
Telephone Number: (315) 834-4660

As soon as you provide the information above, we will direct you on how to send the file endorsement processing fee of $395.00us dollars (Three Hundred And Ninety-Five Dollars) via western union or money gram.

Thank You.

Mr. James Amsterdam (SAN).
Chief IMF Payment Audit
International Monetary Funds
Senior Representative Payment Office In North Carolina.

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