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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 African Charpter <>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 17:56:40 +0100
Subject: Are You Dead Or Alive?

9 Hon. Justice Balakin Avenue. Cotonou Benin Republic.
Telephone Number: +229 65781076
Officer In charge Of Foreign Inheritance Payment.
Mr.Patrick Paulsen (SAN).

Attention: Beneficiary,

A power of attorney was forwarded to our office 2 days ago by one
gentleman,he is an American national and HIS Name is Mr Johnson H.Abraham,
This man claimed to be your representative and this power of attorney
stated that you are dead, he brought an account to replace your information
in other to claim your fund of Usd$2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred
Thousand Us Dollars) which is now lying in a dormant account UNCLAIMED.

Below is the Address he has submitted:

FULL Name: Johnson H.Abraham
FULL ADDRESS:: 7111-142 Ave N, # 107, Largo,Florida 33771, U.S.A.
MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:: Married, 72 Years
Bank bank
account# / 6503809428.
address 1076 peter Johnson Road,largo Florida.

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you
suffered and died of a CoronaVirus pandemic. You are therefore given 24hrs
to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive or not,
You are to contact us back immediately, Because we work 24 hrs just to
ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the
transfer of beneficiaries inheritance and contract payment.

You are to call this office immediately for clarifications on this matter
as we shall be available 24 hrs to speak with you and give you the
necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you
immediately and also be informed that any further delay from your side
could be dangerous, as we will not be held responsible for any wrong

So kindly contact us urgently if you are Alive as we have his
identification and residence he provided for this payment to be wired to
his account. N/B Note that you will be required to pay the IMF payment
Release Bound administrative charge of $100.00 Us dollars for file
endorsement processing charge.

Here is the information you are required to send via email for us to check
up with the data we have in our central computer.

(1) Full Name………….
(2) Country/State/ City Name………….
(3) Delivery Address………
(4) Occupation………….
(5) Sex………………
(6) Age……………..
(7) Telephone Number……….. WhassApp Number.......
(8) A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses…………………….

Contact Person;

Mr. Patrick Paulsen (SAN).
Telephone Number: +229 65781076
E-mail Address:(

As soon as you provide the information above, we will direct you on how to
send the file endorsement processing charge via western union or MoneyGram.

Thank You.
Mr. Patrick Paulsen (SAN).
Chief IMF Payment Audit
International Monetary Funds
Senior Representative Payment Office
Cotonou Benin Republic.

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