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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: paul adams <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 01:33:36 -0800

Address: 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20431, United States
Direct Phone: (202) 287 1001
Our Ref: IMF/0015-OSD/021


This letter serves to officially inform you that we have been working
towards the eradication of scam in the
world with the help of African Union (AU), United Nations Security Council
(UNSC), European Union (EU), the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Internet crime complaint center
(IC3), Financial Intelligence center and FBI.
We were able to track down up to 74 scam artists globally from (Canada,
USA, Malaysia, Poland, Mauritius, Nigeria
and Indonesia) and they are all in government custody facing criminal and
fraud charges.

The United Nations board of trustees on humanitarian aids instructed that
part of the money recovered from the
scammers should be shared among 27 lucky people around the world for
compensation and you are on the list as your
email address was found in one of the scam Artists’ computer hard-disk
hence we are contacting you, maybe you have
been scammed or being tried to. Amount to receive SD$1,500.000.00. This
fund is in the escrow account of the Federansurance Deposit Corporation for
security reasons.

You can view this website for your perusal:

1. Your name...
2. Your age...
3. Your full address...
4. Your telephone number...
5. Your Occupation.....

Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Paul Adams
Secretary of (IMF) Refund Programme.

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