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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. Christine Lagarde" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2019 02:48:42 +0200
Subject: Contact our claim agent Mr. Peter Perry on this number or text(+1-808-468-1390)

International Monetary Fund.(IMF)
Address:700 19th St NW, Washington, 
DC 20431,United States
My name is Ms. Christine Lagarde and I work with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I am writing you to let you know that finally your ATM Card worth $6,000,000.00 USD has been delivered through FEDEX to Mr. Peter Perry for activation, who works with the IMF where it is going to be activated before final delivery to your home address. You can use the tracking number with the tracking site below to track the ATM Card to be sure it has been delivered to Mr. Peter Perry for activation.
Delivery Company: Fedex Courier Company
Tracking Number:   774909134450
You are simply advice to contact our Claim Agent  Mr. Peter Perry ( . You can call him on this number or text ( +1- 808-468-1390 ) with the below details as stated.?
Contact him with your data as stated below:
1. Your Full Name.........................
2. Your Full Address Where You Want the Courier Company to Send Your Funds.
3. Your Age...................................
4. Occupation.................................
5. Cell/Telephone Numbers...............
6. Country......................................
Note: The only fee you are to send for the activation of your ATM Card is just $650 USD. So make sure you don't send him more than $650 USD. Your card is already with him and you can track it with the tracking details given to you above for confirmation. 
Best Regards,
Ms. Christine Lagarde                                  
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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