fighting spam and scams on the Internet
"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.
Click here to report a problem with this page.
Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "00,000.00" (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)
- "united state of america" (this email uses bad English)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 22:45:48 +0100
Subject: From: International Monetary Fund
For more information about access and directions to the IMF
headquarters buildings, please see Directions and Access to IMF
Headquarters 1 (HQ1):
International Monetary Fund, 700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431
Headquarters 2 (HQ2):
International Monetary Fund, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20431
Telephone Operator: + 1 (501) 239-8170 OR Email:
MondayâSaturdays,: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET).
Good day dear beneficiary!,I am Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva the new
Managing Director of International Monetary Fund United State of
America(IMF),i am personally contacting you with my personal email
address to avoid fraudulent issues on this transaction and also to
know if you're still alive since we haven't heard from you for three
years now and making any plans toward claiming your funds, so get back
to me for more information regarding your fund and you're to reconfirm
me your full name to be very sure that am dealing with the rightful
beneficiary of the Fund to avoid wrong release of your fund worth the
sum of eleven million, one hundred thousand united state
dollar($11,100,000.00usd) and you can as well get hold of me with my
direct mobile number +1 (501) 239-8170 for urgent respond for more
information about your fund, secondly,when responding back, confirm to
me how your fund to reach you,you are getting this fund from the UN
compensation/bailout funds for citizens of UN member countries and
citizens of commonwealth Nations for poverty alleviation during this
economic crunch and recession,âMy staff is also working with the
AMERICA government to support the strong set of macroeconomic policies
through an SBA. We fully support the governmentâs aim to safeguard the
significant gains made under the successfully completed three-year
Extended Fund Facility last year. This comprehensive package of
financial support, if approved, would help strengthen confidence in
the America economy, make further progress to protect the most
vulnerable and provide the basis for a strong economic recovery. It
would also help accelerate America reform efforts aimed to support
broad-based, job-rich and sustainable in the America and world as