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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: Mr Paul Orji <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2022 08:25:39 -0800

International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street, N.W,
Washington, D.C. 20431 (see map)
Headquarters 1 (HQ1):NW, Washington,

Attention Honorable Beneficiary

My Name is Mr Paul Orji and I work for the Department of International
Monetary Fund (IMF), World Fund Discovery Management. I found that You
have an unclaimed sum of money that was suppose to be remitted to you
has just showed up at my office, maybe due to some unforeseen
circumstance that allow you to finish your transactions home or
abroad, so I took it upon myself to get in touch with you, before it
will be forfeited as you still have the chance to claim yours.

Currently, states, federal agencies and other organizations
collectively hold more than $58 billion in unclaimed cash and
benefits, which come from a variety of sources, including abandoned
bank accounts and stock holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and
forgotten pension benefits seizures of third party benefit, legal
financial transactions, like lotto winnings, Inheritance claims that
was abandon by individuals over skepticism etc. It was however
ascertain that you were supposed to receive a sum of $6.5 million
dollars beneficiary, kindly email this office for claims.
Mr. Ramos Kingsley
E-mail ( )

And get back to me for more information on how to claim your funds
before its marked unclaimed.

You are advised to urgently reconfirm your information to this office
as requested below so that we will be able to process the final
release of your fund and to avoid false claim.

1) Your Full Names:
2) Your Home Address, and Nationality
3) Your Home Telephone:
4) Your Mobile Phone:
5) Your Age and Sex:
6) Your Occupation:
7) Your Alternative E-mail Address:

We look forward to your urgent confirmation.

Best Regards:
Mr Paul Orji Executive Director-International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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