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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: "Mr.Patrick Bruce" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 04:06:21 +0530

While I.M.F serving almost all the countries of the world, we're obligated to comply with both Domestic and International Financial Laws, which requires us to verify your identity prior to sending or receiving wire transfer to or fro nations. Please understand that this procedure is crucial for preventing financial terrorism and organized crime throughout the world. Today the Global Financial Stability Report, a quarterly publication launched to review a regular assessment of global Pending Foreign Payments, reviewed that your Inheritance/Compensation fund Valued $5,500,000.00 Dollars which was seized and confiscated in previous years by the Global Illicit Financial Team as it was tagged suspicious fund transfer was proven to be a legal fund, free from any illegal business and civil, criminal, or financial crime.

In view to the verification process and survey in the Joint Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the IMF, the World Bank and other key International Financial Intelligence Agencies, it has been showed that you have fully complied with the International statutory provision for payment of Huge Funds under Article 102, section 36, SS 1a-2b of the 2012 International Financial and Allied Matters Act. Prior to this effect, an irrevocable ATM Master Card authorization letter has been forwarded to the remitting bank "HSBC BANk" to commence with the ATM Master Card Delivery as appropriate to you as the beneficiaries with Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: OSB/629578/NIG/GFS63G.This will serve as a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long over due payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.

With all due respect, we apologize for the inconveniences and pains this delay's might have caused you and note that your fund $5,500,000.00 {Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars} shall be release to you Through ATM Master Card . Note that you are to pay for the Delivery fee of your ATM that will be requested by the bank.Upon this development you are instructed to contact Mr. Patrick Burke Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank New York with your Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: OSB/629578/NIG/GFS63G, as your ATM Delivery order has been forward to their bank for immediate Dispatch.

1: Contact Person: Patrick Burke
2: Email:

All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGO's, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Diplomat(s) 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 directly in charge of your payment. Your ATM Master Card will be Delivered to you directly from our source with immediate effect.Ensure you adhere to the paying bank instruction to avoid any thing that will delay the release of your ATM Master Card and to enable them serve you better.Contact Mr. Patrick Burke as advised and keep us posted to enable us guide you better for successful release of your ATM Master Card.

Mr. Kenny Bruce
Consultant Director of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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