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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 22 Apr 2021 18:52:32 -0700
Subject: FUND GRANT
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND.
MF Europe Office Ashok Bhatia . Director. Paris Office. 64-66,
Avenue d'lena 75116,
. Brussels Office. 8 Boulevard de Berlaimont 1000 Brussels,
Our Ref: IMF/FGN/RMB/088/2021
Internal Memo Urgent!
SUB-FUND TRANSFER NOTIFICATION: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)
DEBT SERVICING EXERCISE.
Sequel to the meeting we had with the African and European
country leaders in the recent Mexico world G20B summit in regards
to the payments been owed by the Africa and Europe continents,
the Chairman of African Union(AU) and that of the European Union
(EU) have made it known to all the beneficiaries been owed via
Contracts, Inheritance, Lottery, During their recent interview
with United Nation overdue contract payment commission that all
the debts been owed by the Africans and Europeans should be paid
to them via AU and EU accounts with the supervision of the bank
of International settlement (BIS) here in the United States which
you happened to be one of the beneficiary confirmed for this
Also In accordance with the payment verification and auditing
exercise carried out by the UK Debt Servicing Unit of the World
Bank, (W.B) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in
conjunction with the European Union(EU)it has been brought to the
knowledge of the Comptroller General, International Monetary Fund
that your outstanding valid US$4,500.000.00(Four Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has been deposited
for immediate transfer with the SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK and
has been approved for urgent payment to your receiving bank
account through their International remittance unit.
We issue this last notification to you on this development since
we were unable to reach you with the payment Details, as you are
advised to contact the SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK, International
Attn: Mr. Fred Malusi on Direct Tel: +32460220105 .Email: Imf-
Fundgrant@gmx.comâ¬, with this payment Ref N0:BBYUK/REG1958755 for
the transfer conclusion.
This avenue has been created by the United Nations (EU) & (AU) on
Foreign debt Reconciliation Commission to offset all the
outstanding foreign payments on-hold in order to rehabilitate the
lost dignity of the EU, AU & Others.
The international Monetary Fund (IMF) remains communicated to our
financial principles through the above contact details. We hope
you will benefit from our team of experts. We assure you the best
of our services at all times assuring you of this payment
Kristalina Georgieva(Managing Director (IMF).
and Civic Grants Program