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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: International Monetary Fund <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 17:43:04 +0100
Subject: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF), Ref Swift: IMFDUS3W2013
International Reconciliation and Logistics Vault
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
COMPENSATION SETTLEMENT OF ESCROW ACCOUNTS.
It is a pleasure to write you that we have reconciled with our
logistic department on the reimbursement of some fund spent by you
during the cause of your inadequate dealings with some imposters who
claim to be staff in banks and other regional payment centers. Our
reconciliation teams with the prospectus instrument of the United
Nations after freezing suspected impostors account.
This support was fully effective with the help of World Bank after a
summit meeting in London, on the financial analysis on financial
stability issues fluctuating their economy with the international
After gathering of this sum, our logistic department gave us a list of
customers to be paid who fell victims to those Imposters to
unawareness. And mode of payment was as well specified for proper
conducts and financial regulations to kick against criminality during
process of payment. We have arranged your payment through our swift
card centers, which is the latest instruction from International
Monetary Fund Reconciliation Office.
The card center will send you an ATM Debit card with cash equivalent
of $5.5 Million USD which you will use to withdraw your money in any
ATM Center, Banks and Union Pay Credit outlets in the world, You are
hereby selected as an honor for this payment approval, which you are
to acknowledge the receipt of this mail in returning the required
below to the Logistic Department by email listed below.
Office of Reconciliation and Logistics Vaults,
International Monetary Fund (IMF),
Contact Manager: Mr. Paul Rochers
1. Full Name:
2. Phone and Fax Number:
3. Your age and Current Occupation:
4. Delivery Address:
For your information, you have to stop any further communication with
any other person (s) or office (s) to avoid any hitches in receiving
your payment. Because of Impostors, we hereby issued you our code of
conduct, which is (ATM-7750) so you have to indicate this code when
contacting the Card Center by using it as your subject.
Kindly be informed that recipients shall be liable to all cost arising
for the delivery of the donation parcel. This is due to Legal law
protecting all donation funds misappropriation.
Yours in Service,
Mr. Robert Ferguson
International Reconciliation and Logistics Vaults
International Monetary Fund (IMF)