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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 " <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 18:22:57 +0100

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello St.
Asokoro Abuja,

Good day,

I wish to inform you that your overdue payment worth of $5.8M USD
has be scheduled to pay
you through certified ATM Card which you will be only required to
proceed to any ATM Cash
Point to withdraw $5,000, 2-times per day till your fund is completed.

Meanwhile, the valid ATM CARD was registered with DHL Courier
Company as a packaged.
All you need to do now is to contact them with the attached form
clearance permit on their
information below with your delivery address for the immediate
delivery to your giving address
without any delay.

Manager Name: MR Vincent Eze

Phone/Fax: (+234) 7032 687 467


Mrs.Kristalina Georgieva
IMF Managing Director,

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