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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: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 01:57:02 +0600
Subject: Scamed Victim Inheritance Fund

35 Creek Road Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria.
MOTTO: Security Watch.
Suite 5B, Premier Towers,
Phone: +234-7013716892.
Our Receiving code (5502).

Dear Fund Beneficiary,


This is to intimate you of a very important information which will
be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have
been experiencing in getting your long over due payment, due to
excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and
Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you. You
really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you
and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with
them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up
until you have nothing.

I am MR.PHILLIP LEONARD, a highly placed official of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that
reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the
uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and
Courier Companies/Diplomat/Barristers across Europe to Africa and Asia
/London UK etc. We have decided to put a stop to that and that is why
I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Nigeria. All
Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance
Companies,Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have
been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back off from
your transaction and you.

Your name appeared in our payment schedule list as one of the
beneficiaries that will receive their funds in this First Quarter
Payment of the year,this is because this office only transfer fund
twice in a year according to our banking regulation. We hereby
apologize for this delaying of your payment We also advised that you
should, please stop further communicating with any office,group of
people/companies they are have nothing offer now and per attention to
our office payment base on their instruction. Now your new Payment,
code number with United Nation Approval No; UN5685P, White House
Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No:674632
Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of Merit
Payment No:103, Released Code No:0763; Immediate (IMF) Telex
confirmation No: -1114433; Secret Code No: XXTN013.Your part payment
inheritance fund is uSD$10.7Million.

Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore you are
qualified now to received and confirm your payment with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Region immediately within
the next 168hrs. International Monetary Fund Unit are presently in the
CRUSADE. We are hereby giving you every assurance you that the favors
of God have located your Payment Approved File and you shall NO MORE
fall into the evil net of fraudulent people. If you are Christian, I
want you to read this portion from the Holy Bible (Isaiah chapter 44
verse 25 and Book of Job chapter 5 verse 12). I tell you emphatically
that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and
prosecute them accordingly.

According to the word from our new President, who is a very
sincere and God fearing man, "God will surely disappoint their evil
desires because we have come to deliver you from their devilish
hands". And, this (IMF)Funds Clearance Authority must also ensure that
your Approved fund shall reach your Bank Account. Your constant
communication is Important. We assure you that your payment will get
to you as long as you follow my directives and instructions. We have
decided to give you a CODE, THE CODE IS: (5502). please any time you
receive email without the code (5502). Do delete it immediately. You
are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions
with respect to your transaction as your fund will be transferred to
you directly from our source.

I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction
is at your own risk. Respond to this Direct International Monetary
Fund Private e-mail with immediate effect and we shall forward your
response to the management of UNITED BANK FOR AFRICA, NIGERIA PLC, (
UBA ), for further details on how your fund will be released. You
can Also call me as soon as you send your response to the above
mentioned IMF OFFICE NIGERIA, so that your response will quickly be
given an immediate attention:

My Direct Hot-line: Call: +234-8130699640.
God Bless and Have Nice Day

Tel: +234-7013716892

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