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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.
- 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 (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "IMF Managing Director (MD)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:20:18 -0700
Subject: Good Day Friend
IMF Headquarters Washington, D.C. 20431, USA
Department: World Debt Settlement Agencies.
Note: your notification of pending payments.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RELEASING YOUR FUND
We hereby wish to inform you of very important information that will
be of great help in relieving you of all the difficulties you have had
in getting your long overdue payment due to excessive monetary claims
from you by both corrupt bank officials and courier companies , after
which your money will not be paid out to you.
I am Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Executive Director of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior official of the International Monetary
Fund (IMF). You might be interested to know that through so much
correspondence, reports have reached our office of the uncomfortable
way in which people like you are being treated by various banks and
courier companies / diplomats across Europe to Africa and Asia /
London UK. We decided to put an end to this, and that's why I was
hired to handle your transaction here in the United States. All state
and non-state prostate, NGOs, financial companies, banks, security
companies, and courier companies that have been in contact with you
recently have been instructed to withdraw from your transaction and
you have been advised NOT to respond to them since the International
The Monetary Fund (IMF) is now directly responsible for your payment.
Your name is on our payment schedule list of beneficiaries who will
receive their funds in this first quarterly payment of the year, as we
only transfer money twice a year, as per our banking regulations. We
apologize for the delay in your payment and please stop communicating
with an office now and pay attention to our office payment
accordingly. Now your new payment, United Nations Authorization
Number; UN5685P, White House Approved No .: WH44CV, Reference No.
-35460021, Assignment No .: 674632, Password No .: 339331, PIN Code No
.: 55674 and Your Certificate of Performance Payment No .: 103,
Approved Code No .: 0763; Immediate (IMF) Telex Acknowledgment Number:
-1114433; Secret code number: XXTN013.
Confirm the information below again
1. Full name:
4. Age: Date of birth:
6. Telephone: Mobile / Mobile: .................. Fax: ..
7. Country of origin:
8. Copy of your identity card:
Your installment inheritance fund is $ 5.5 million. After receiving
these important payment numbers, you are now entitled to receive and
confirm your payment with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) United
States Region immediately within the next 168 hours. We assure you
that your payment will reach you as long as you follow my instructions
and directions. We have decided to give you a CODE, THE CODE IS: 603.
Every time you receive an email with the name of Ms. Kristalina
Georgieva, please check that the CODE (603) is there. If the code is
not written, please delete the message from your box!
It is hereby recommended that you DO NOT send any further payments to
institutions in relation to your transaction as your funds will be
sent to you directly from our source. I hope that's clear. Any action
contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. Please reply to this
email immediately at (email@example.com) and we will
provide you with further details on the release of your fund.
Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva,
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
IMF Headquarters Washington, D.C. 20431, USA