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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, 3 Mar 2023 16:13:07 +0100
Subject: USA GOV.

HOUR.....MON--FRI ....8.00am--5.00PM

Dear Customer,Fund Beneficiary

This is to inform you that the total sum of $3.6 Million was deposited in
our bank by
International Monetary Fund (IMF)as a compensation Fund.We sincerely
apologies to you
that we can not continue your transaction via wire transfer anymore due to
the difficulty
in making smooth wire transfer from this country to your personal bank
account .
Therefore, Industrial federal credit union Bank department will be
sending your total
fund worth $3.6 Million United States Dollars through any of these means:
1. Licensed Diplomatic Delivery Company.
This will be the easiest way for the transaction to be completed and you
will receive your
fund successfully without anymore delay from both countries security
agency. Therefore,
i advice you to forward us the name on your valid ID Card,Address, City,
Country and
reachable phone number which will use to register your Fund with Licensed
Delivery Company.

SECOND OPTION: Industrial federal credit union Online Banking.
You can choose Industrial federal credit union online banking system if
first option is not accepted.Industrial federal credit union Bank will
setup an online
banking account with your information and after the online banking account
is setup we will
forward you the login information such as the USERNAME & PASSWORD that can
allow you login
into our online website to view your account balance and also transfer
money from the online
account to your personal bank account anywhere in the world.

We advice you to choose one option out of the two mentioned.
Below is the information needed to carry out the transaction successfully.

1..Your Full Name:.
2..Your Home Address:
3..City & Zip Code:
5..Your Cell Phone: .
7..Scan Copy of Any Valid ID:

Thanks and we await your urgent response regarding the above mentioned to
enable us carry
out our duty as instructed.forward your details to Lawyer Bruno Vince on (

Best Regards,
Linda Williams,
alliance federal credit union ,
AVP & Manager,

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