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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:

Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2021 10:04:39 -0700
Subject: IMF FUND ALERT!!!

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is our pleasure to inform you that ($4,500,000.00) United States
Dollars has been awarded to you by the International Monitoring Fund
(IMF) Republic of Benin for your compensation of scam victims and we
are happy to announce it that your email address has been found among
the list of those who have lost their money one way or another by
trying to get money from Africa and other part of the world.

We thereby want you to contact United Bank for Africa (UBA) with
information below and ask them what you will do to have your funds
transferred through online banking and with this method you can
transfer your funds online by yourself.

Contact details as indicated:

Managing Director of the Bank: Mr. Gbenga Makinde
E-mail address:
Phone number: +22967635194

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to hearing from
you as soon as possible.

Signed by International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Representative in Benin,
REO: Karim Barhoumi
Thanks and God bless

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