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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 Head-Office <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:16:59 +0800

(I.M.F) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
# 1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20431 United States.(I.M.F) (047).

whatsapp: +1 (562) 473-1822


Good day,
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. I am Ms. Kristalina Georgieva,
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 across Europe to Africa and
Asia /London Uk. We have decided to put a stop to that.

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 have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now directly in charge of your
payment. Your name appeared in our payment schedule list of beneficiaries
that will receive their funds in this first quarter payment of the year
because we only transfer fund twice in a year according to our banking
regulation. We apologize for the delay of your payment and please stop
communicating with any office now and attention to our office payment

Now your new Payment, United Nation Approval No; UN5685P,
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 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)
immediately. 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: 047. Please, any time you receive a mail with the name
Christine Lagarde, check if there is CODE (047) if the code is not written,
please delete the massage from your box!

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 e-mail on [ ]
with immediate effect and we shall give you
further details on how your fund will be released.

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund. (I.M.F)

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