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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: Imf Fund <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 06:25:58 -0700

The international monetary fund
Washington, dc. 20431
Incorporation with African union {au},
The United Nations anti-crime commission
Financial intelligence center (fic) Uganda
This is to inform you that, we have been working towards the
eradication of fraudsters and scam artists in Africa with the help of
the African union (au) the United Nations (UN), European Union (eu),
the international monetary fund (imf), financial intelligence center
(fic) and fbi. We have been able to track down so many of this scam
artist in various parts of African countries which includes (Nigeria,
republic of Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal) and they are all in
government custody now, they will appear at international criminal
court (icc) Hague (Netherlands) soon for criminal/fraud justice.
During the course of our investigation, we have been able to recover
so much money from these scam artists. The United Nations anti-crime
commission and the international monetary fund (imf) have ordered the
money recovered from the scammers to be shared among 100 lucky people
around the world for compensation. This email/letter is been directed
to you because your email address was found in one of the scam artists
file and computer hard-disk during our investigation, maybe you have
been scammed or not, you are therefore being compensated with the sum
of $1,500,000.00usd(one million five hundred thousand united state
We have also arrested some of those who claim that they are
barristers, bank officials, lottery agents who have been sending you
sms on your phone that you have won a lottery which does not exist.
Since your email address appeared among the lucky beneficiaries who
will receive compensation funds, we have arranged your payment to be
paid to you through atm visa card. An atm visa card will be issued in
your name and your $1,500,000.00 usd will be loaded into it, and
delivered to your postal address with the pin number, to enable you
withdraw your funds from any bank atm machine worldwide.

To issue the atm visa card, you are therefore advised to contact the
accountant in charge of your payment, this is because the united
nations anti-crime commission and the international monetary fund
(imf) and the government has chosen them to payout all the
compensation funds to the 100 lucky beneficiaries, because the atm
visa card is a global payments technology that enables consumers,
businesses, financial institutions and governments to use digital
currency instead of cash and checks. Kindly contact the atm card
issuance department now with the below contact details:

Atm Card Department
Contact Person: ____Dr. Francisco J. Adroa
Country: ___________Uganda
Email :_____________{ }
Tel :_______________{ +256 706055410}

Contact him now for the delivery of your atm card. As soon as you
establish a contact with him, an atm card will be issued to you
immediately which you can use to withdraw your funds in any bank atm
machine, but the maximum daily limit is $15,000.00 per day because the
card has been upgraded. So if you like to receive your funds through
this means you’re advised to contact (Dr. Francisco J. Adroa) with the
following information as stated below:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Address Where You Want the Your Atm Card To Be Delivered To Or
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Cell/Mobile Number:

The imf (international monetary fund) has also concluded every legal
cost from all the various financial offices to enable a successful
delivery of your atm card without any hitch or delay based on the
agreement made, every beneficiary is mandated to bear the fixed cost
of delivery $120 of their atm card to their designated address through
{dhl or ups} delivery company’s and based on the fact that your atm
card has already been activated for instant use, you have only five
working days to send this $120us dollars for the delivering of your
card, if we don't hear from you with the payment information; the
provincial government will cancel the card for security purpose and
your payment will be withdrawn.

Please be warned, as the united nations anti-crime commission and the
international monetary fund (imf) does not instruct any other bank or
agent in this payment except (Dr. Francisco J. Adroa), whom we can
only give attention to, and from now, we advise you to stop all the
communications you are having with any other agent or bank officials
in Europe, Asia and Africa regarding your payment.

Note: the atm card department (Dr. Francisco J. Adroa) cannot process
the card without the delivery company’s fixed cost of delivery which
is $120 only, which all beneficiaries are mandated to bear and which
is the only payment you will ask to make.

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions.
Yours in services.
Mrs. Isabelle chika
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