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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:
- 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:
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Khalid Donnel Fadil" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2018 03:56:23 -0700
Subject: (IMF) Telex Confirmation Number!
Dear Reliable Customers;
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your funds payment, due to inability to comply with both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you. I am Mr. Khalid Donnel Fadil Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, a highly placed official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) CANADA United State of America. It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies/ Diplomat across Europe to Africa and Asia / Uk. We have decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in United State of America. USA
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 COMPENSATED FUNDS/ and you are 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 COMPENSTATED FUNDS in this last quarter payment of the year because we only transfer fund THREE times 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 pay attention to our office And Receive Your funds accordingly.
Now your new Payment,
United nation Approval No; UN5685P,
White House Approved No: WH44CV,
Allocation No: 674632
Password No: 339331,
Pin Code No: 55674
Certificate of Merit Payment No: 103,
Released Code No: 0763;
Immediate (IMF) Telex confirmation No: -1114433;
Secret Code No: XXTN013.
Your part payment Compensation/ Inheritance fund is US$15.750,000,00. Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore you are qualified now to receive and confirm your payment with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Through the Power of (FBI) You will Receive Your Funds within the next 168hrs. We assure you that your payment will get to you as long as you follow my directives and instructions. We have decided to give you a CODE of communication for security Reason, THE CODE IS: . Please, any time you receive mail From Us check if there is CODE (VV*601) if the code is not written, please delete the message from your inbox!
You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will be transfer 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 email with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released. Also call me as soon as you send the email so that you will be given an immediate response: Direct Hot-line: Call- +1-307-309-2667.
Mr. Khalid Donnel Fadil.
Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund