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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.Kayleigh McEnany" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 09:14:59 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary



This is to inform you that the International Monetary Fund [IMF] and
the United Nations [UN] is compensating all the scammed victims
$5.3,million United States Dollars, Your email address was mentioned
to the United States Secret Service by one of the Scammers who was
arrested. Meanwhile this Compensation department has been mandated by
the IMF and the United Nations to transfer your compensation funds to
you, through Online Transfer Payment,ATM Card,Delivery which is 100 %
Guarantee for payment to you as one of the scammed victim.

Furthermore we advice you to stop any further communication with any
other person(s) or office(s) concerning any transaction that you might
have lost your hard earned money, to avoid losing more money to other
group of scammers who are on the FBI wanted list and are still on the
run and for this reason we want to warn you not to communicate or
duplicate this message to anyone for any reason whatsoever as the
United States Secretary Service are already on the trace for the other

we are here by advice to confirm your personal details below to the
IMF/UNCC head office to receive your Compensation without delay.

1) Your contact address:
3) Your country/nationality:
4) Your telephone/mobile number(s):
5) Your Occupation:
6) Your Age/gender:
7) Your ID card:

Anticipating your urgent cooperation in other to receive your payment.
kindly contact Us vai our company email address []

Thank You,looking forward to hear from you as ASAP you receive this message


Mrs.Kayleigh McEnany
Communication Secretary Of IMF

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