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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: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 05:14:56 -0700
Subject: Office of Internal Audit and Inspection Director

Good Day My Dear,

I hereby inform you that IMF-International Monetary Fund conducted an
audit on the USA government account recently. And during our recent
audit, we discovered the total sum of Ten Million Seven hundred United State
Dollars Only ($10,7m ) which has been approved in your name
but still unclaimed/unpaid. Having received this vital payment
notification letter, you are instantly qualified to receive and
confirm your payment with us within 24hours.
Here are our methods of payment:

1. By Cashier check
2. By ATM Master card
3. By Bank to Bank wire transfer

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services to pick and choose from, so you really can't go wrong. We are
so certain that you will be completely satisfied with our wonderful
service. In order for us to work as efficiently as possible, it is
understood that your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Mr. Larry Victor
Office of Internal Audit and Inspection Director
International Monetary Fund call and whatsapp +229 6604 1232

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