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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:

Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 11:40:55 -0700

Greetings to you.

This is to inform you that the International Monetary Fund [IMF] and
the United Nations [UN] is compensating all the scammed
victims $9000.000.00 United States Dollars.

Your name and email address was mentioned to the United States Secret
Service by one of the Scammers who was arrested.

Meanwhile this Compensation department has been mandated by the IMF
and the United Nations to transfer your compensation funds to you
Online Transfer Payment which is 100 % Guarantee for payment to you as
one of the scammed victim.

Furthermore we advise you to stop any further communication with any
other person(s) or office(s) concerning any transaction
that you might have lost your hard earned money to avoid losing more
money to other group of scammers who are on the FBI wanted
list and are still on the run and for this reason we want to warn you
not to communicate or duplicate this message to anyone for
any reason whatsoever as the United States Secret Service are already
on the trace for the other criminals.

You are hereby advised to contact the IMF/UNCC head office to receive
your Compensation without further delay on this email address;

Anticipating your urgent cooperation in other to receive your payment.

Thank You.

Mr. John Smith
Communication Secretary,
International Monetary Fund.

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