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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: IMF <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 01:23:42 -0400
Subject: Delivery Update!

Good day,

I wish to inform you that your overdue payment worth of $10.5M USD has
be scheduled to pay you through ATM Card which you will be only
required to proceed to any ATM Cash Point to withdraw $5,000, 2-times
per day till your fund is completed.

Meanwhile, the valid ATM CARD was registered with TNT Courier Company
as a packaged. All you need to do now is to contact them on their info
below with your phone no. and delivery address immediate delivery
without any delay.

Director Name: Mr. Pat Jones

Mr. Collins Ben
"IMF" Fund Delivery.

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