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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: Kristalina Georgieva <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:04:10 +0000
Subject: Internal Memo Urgent!

IMF Headquarters: 7001 19th Street,20219-0001
N.W., Washington D. C. 20413, United States of America USA*FRBK*WDC*010/20

Internal Memo Urgent!

Our Ref: IMF/FGN/RMB/088/2021

ATTN: Beneficiary Contractor/Next of Kin


EFT APPROVAL: VERIFY DEAL MY2KXXX4665433821/1000043550000077 ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER: 4083 0521 0038 4356 OPERATOR N0: 037899 DEAL RECEIPT – FOREIGN CURRENCY TRF BROUGHT - CALL EFT ACCOUNT TRO5244075994Q09 Total Amount for Transfer: US$15,500,000.00

Sequel to the recent Corona-Virus Pandemic and the meeting we had with the African and European country leaders in the recent G20 Summit in regards to the payments been owed by the African and Europe continents, the Chairman of African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) have made it known to all the beneficiaries been owed via Contracts/Inheritance Payments, During their recent interview with United Nations Overdue Payment Commission that all the debts been owed by the Africans and Europeans Union should be paid to them via FRBNY/OCC accounts with the supervision of the IMF and The bank of International settlement (BIS) which you happened to be one of the Beneficiary confirmed for this Urgent payment settlement.

Also In accordance with the payment verifications and auditing exercise carried out by the African Debt Servicing Unit and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in conjunction with the African and European Union (EU), it has been brought to the knowledge of the Comptroller General, International Monetary Fund that your outstanding payment Compensation valid US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has been deposited for immediate Payment with the South African Reserve Bank and has been approved for urgent payment to you immediately.

We issue this last notification to you on this development Since We Were Unable To Reach You With The Payment Details, you are advised to contact the South African Reserve Bank ,International Remittance Unit, Attn: Mr. Dixter Sithole on Direct Tel/ WhatsApp: +27737124695 email:{} with payment Ref: MY2KXXX4665433821/1000043550000077 for the Payment 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 African states.

The international Monetary Funds (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 transfer legitimacy.

Yours faithfully.

Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director International Monetary Fund
Washington, D.C. 20431, U.S.A.

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