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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: "Bernard Lauwers"<>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 10:04:57 -0700

You have been officially recommended as a Beneficiary of "five million US dollars(US$5,000,000) COVID-19 Stimulus Payment, as part of the "International Monetary Fund(IMF) COVID-19 Rescue Program". Payment allocation is based on the decision reached at the IMF Executive Council meeting, which focused on financial recovery for individuals and businesses, from the harsh economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
You have about ten(10) business days to claim this fund to avoid re-allocation to other beneficiaries. Respond to confirm your interest and for further details.
Mr. Bernard Lauwers
Director of Finance,
International Monetary Fund(IMF)
700 19th Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20431, USA

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