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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: internationa policeunited <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 03:06:48 -0700
Subject: Attn Dear Beneficiary:

Senior Resident Representative Payment
9 Hon. Justice Balalaika Avenue. Benin Republic.
Officer In charge Of Foreign Inheritance Payment
Mr. James Amsterdam (SAN).

Attention: Please,

A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this morning by two
gentle men, one he is an American national and His Name is
Mr.Gerald N. Samaroo, 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 ($1.5
Million) one Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars which
is now lying in a dormant account UNCLAIMED, below is the Address he
have submitted:

FULL NAME: Gerald N. Samaroo
FULL ADDRESS:: 7111-142 Ave N, # 107, Largo, Florida 33771, U.S.A.
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER: 727-421-49921
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 throat cancer. You are therefore given 24 hours
to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, 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 payment.

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 they account. N/B Note that you will required to pay the IMF
payment Release Bound administrative charge for file endorsement
processing charge.

Here is the information you are required to send via email for us to
check up with the data's 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...........
(8) A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses...................... ..

Contact Person
Mr. James Amsterdam (SAN).
Email 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 money gram.

Thank You.
Mr. James Amsterdam (SAN).
Chief IMF payment Audit
International Monetary Funds

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