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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: "Dr.Zulu Nelson" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 04:22:12 -0700

Attn: payment notification for this first payment of the year,

This is to inform you that your payment file has been included in the
first batch for this year. Consequently, payment approval has been
issued by the International Monitory Fund (IMF) for an initial payment
of US$3,650,000 being part of your long-overdue payment,as result of
partnership with illegal companies

To facilitate this and avoid further bureaucratic bottlenecks,an
accredited financial consultant has been appointed to handle your
payment file as well as others that fall in the same category.

I therefore request to know if you are interested in receiving this
fund within the next seven banking days or would prefer to have it at
a later date within the year. If you are ready to receive the above
mentioned figure as explained,let me know immediately so I can send
you contact details for the financial consultant.

You should contact Mrs.Christine Lagarde to her email address for
more clarification.

Email address: ( )

Dr.Zulu Nelson
The International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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