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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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: INFO OFFICE <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 09:33:05 +0100
Subject: Re: IMF Press Release Code (7102) of $10.7 Million USD
Re: IMF Press Release Code (7102) of $10.7 Million USD
Sequel to your payment file report, we have been able to verify the email
and information and it was confirmed that Mrs. Jennet. Philip and his
appointed attorney are fraudsters trying to divert your $10.7 Million USD.
We have reported the case to the Metropolitan Police, Interpol and the
United Nations Financial Action Task Force for necessary actions.
You can visit our office here in Washington DC if you wish to personally
follow up with the case but be rest assured that everyone involved in this
funds diversion act will be apprehended and prosecuted in line with the
United Nations/IMF Financial Crimes Act.
However, we will work carefully to ensure that your fund is peaceful
release to you because we have every information here in our office and
the available information points that you are the authentic beneficiary of
this said fund, so we have to commence the fund release documentation
process in your name in other to issue your Certificate of Due Diligence
(CDD) for fund release purpose.
Fill your Personal Information below.
First Name :
State of Origin:
Geoffrey W.S. Okamoto, First Deputy Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF)