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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "fund beneficiary" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. George hill" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 12:59:19 -0800
Subject: YOUR OVER DUE INHERITANCE FUND
International Monetary Fund Office Nigeria
Suite 5B, Premier Towers,
Pension Road Lagos State
MOTTO: SECURITY WATCH
Dear Fund Beneficiary,
PLEASE: STOP ALL FURTHER CONTACT NOW, REGARDING YOUR FUND.
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be
of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been
experiencing in getting your long over due payment, due to excessive
demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier
Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you. You really have
to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling
you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they
are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you
I am Mr.George Hill, a highly placed official of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that reports have
reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which
people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier
Companies/Diplomat/Barristers across Europe to Africa and Asia /London
UK etc. We have decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was
appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria. All Governmental
and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies,Banks,
Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact
with you of late have been instructed to back off from your
transaction and you.
Your name appeared in our payment schedule list as one of the
beneficiaries that will receive their funds in this First Quarter
Payment of the year,this is because this office only transfer fund
twice in a year according to our banking regulation. We hereby
apologize for this delaying of your payment We also advised that you
should, please stop further communicating with any office,group of
people/companies they are have nothing offer now and per attention to
our office payment base on their instruction. Now your new Payment,
code number with United Nation Approval No; UN5685P, White House
Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No:674632
Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit
Payment No:103, Released Code No:0763; Immediate (IMF) Telex
confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No: XXTN013.Your part payment
inheritance fund is uSD$10.7Million.
Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore you are
qualified now to received and confirm your payment with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Region immediately within
the next 168hrs. International Monetary Fund Unit are presently in the
CRUSADE. We are hereby giving you every assurance you that the favors
of God have located your Payment Approved File and you shall NO MORE
fall into the evil net of fraudulent people. If you are Christian, I
want you to read this portion from the Holy Bible (Isaiah chapter 44
verse 25 and Book of Job chapter 5 verse 12). I tell you emphatically
that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and
prosecute them accordingly.
According to the word from our new President, who is a very sincere
and God fearing man, "God will surely disappoint their evil desires
because we have come to deliver you from their devilish hands". And,
this (IMF)Funds Clearance Authority must also ensure that your
Approved fund shall reach your Bank Account. Your constant
communication is Important. We assure you that your payment will get
to you as long as you follow my directives and instructions. We have
decided to give you a CODE, THE CODE IS: (5502). please any time you
receive email without the code (5502). Do delete it immediately. You
are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions
with respect to your transaction as your fund will be transferred to
you directly from our source.
I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at
your own risk. Respond to this e-mail on (Interfund112@outlook.com )
with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how
your fund will be released. Also call me as soon as you send the
e-mail so that you will be given an immediate response: Direct
Hot-line: Call: +234-8162747082
God Bless and Have Nice Day
Mr.George hill (I.M.F)