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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:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs.Christine Lagarde" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:17:19 +0200
Subject: %0% your Unpaid funds
Contrary to what is stated in these e-mails, letters, or phone conversations, the IMF does NOT authorize, verify, Or does it endorse in an illegal activities, financial institution, or other public agency. For purposes of clarification, the IMF is an inter-governmental organization whose transactions and operations are carried out directly with its Lucky beneficiaries in various countries.
If you this message is received by you, my advise is to proceed in contacting the agent then terminate all further contacts with any fraudsters who pretends to have funds for you, and in the event that you have sent them money, you can contact Mr. Frank Daniel to assist/direct you on how your rightful funds is to get to you then have all complain forwarded to the EFCC in Nigeria.
We apologize for all lose and with the help of the Nigeria government, we where able to recover so much money from the scammers, which is why we are compensating you with the token payment of $3.500.000 USD, from the Nigeria government, to receive your proclaimed funds, you are advised to contact our IMF officer Barrister Frank Daniel to assist you with the receiving of your compensation payment,
Note: To receive your payment, it will cost you $342 dollars for the setting up of an online baking account which is needs to be setup in your name in Africa Nigeria for you to receive your funds, to proceed, kindly contact our agent with your information needed below.
1. Full Name ..................................
2. Sex ................................
3. Residential Address .............................
4. Fax/ Phone Number ............................
5. Country ......................
6. your Identity card .................
Contact Name: Barrister Frank Daniel
Office phone: +1 (484) 369-7962
International Monetary Fund.