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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: thomas king <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 03:20:24 -0700
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary ;

On-Behalf Of The Governing Body's International Monetary Fund.

Greetings to you dear beneficiary, this to inform you that an
irrevocable paying guarantee has been issued by the World Bank Group
and International Monetary Fund for your payment. We wish to inform
you as a beneficiary in compensation of $10,000,000 USD, We the
governing body of International Monetary Fund has been authorized to
investigate the unnecessary delay on your payment, recommended and
approved in your favor by the United National Security Council.

During the investigation we discovered with dismay that your payment
has been unnecessary delayed by corrupt officials of the previously
appointed paying bank who were making an effort to divert allocated
funds into their private Bank accounts. To prevent this security of
fund has been organized in the form of a personal identification
number (Pin) ATM Card, this will enable only you to have direct
control over your fund with the ATM Card.

Your payment has been approved and credited in your favor through an
ATM? Master Card which will be sent to you by courier delivery service
and you have to pay the delivery service charge of $250 so the agent
can proceed and deliver your fund. confirm to me your below needed

Name in full:.............
Home address:...........
Nearest airport:.............

We will monitor your payment by ourselves to avoid any repetition of
the hopeless situation created by the previous paying bank. We await
your immediate response.
Kind regards.


Thomas king
Managing Director IMF.
Email address (Mr.

The International Monetary Fund Headquarters 1: 700 19th street, N.W,?
Washington, DC. 20431 USA.

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