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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: "Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 04:28:43 +0800

This is to notify you that after a series of meetings with the United Nation and World-Bank including the World Health Organization we the IMF have decided to give out a Palliative Fund of  $550,000  which will go directly to your account to sustain you and your family members during this hard time the world is facing.
This little Token to you and your family will only cost you $282 for  Stamp Duty.
Please if you are not in need of this do not reply
Thanks and stay at home as the whole world is still looking for the solution as soon as possible and kindly send your whats-pp Number
IMF - International Monetary Fund
Kristalina Georgieva
President of the European Central Bank
Managing Director Of The International Monetary Fund.

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