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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: International Monetary Fund<>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:32:20 -0700
Subject: Greetings Beneficiary

Address: 840 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
Hours: 7AM–7PM Email ( )
Tel phone: +1 6194687813 Call or text

Greetings Beneficiary

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that is
because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider,
treat it genuinely.

The International Monetary Fund Annual Compensation from USA.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating some scam victims and
your email address was found in the scam victims list. This
MONEYGRAM®office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation
to you via MONEYGRAM® Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to effect your own payment through MONEYGRAM®
Money Transfer, $4,980.00USD per Day until the total sum of $1.3 Million is
completely transferred to you the receiver.

We can't be able to send the payment with your email address alone instead,
we hereby need your information to where we will be sending the funds. You
Can Text us and fill below Information Or contact us via email.

(Receiver name)............
(Full Address)...................... ..........
(Direct Mobile Phone Number).....................

Contact the MoneyGram Director with this information:
Name: Mr. Robert Perze
Director 840 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA.
Private Email: ( )
Office Tel: +1 6194687813 Call or text

Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours if
we did not hear from you because this was the instruction given to us by
the IMF office here in Cleveland Ohio, USA. We will start the transfer as
soon as we receive your information. You are hereby warned not to
communicate or duplicate this message for any reason what so ever because
the US FBI is already on trace of the criminals from Africa.

Mrs.Christine Lagarde
International Monetary Fund

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