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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:

Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 02:10:36 +0000
Subject: COVID-19 ALLEVIATION STIMULUS PROGRAM [ International Monetary Fund ]

1775 K ST NW # 400,
NEW YORK 20006-1500,
TEL/FAX: +1 202-623-7100

Attention: Sir/Madam

This is to inform you that you have been allocated USD$3, 000, 000, 00 (Three Million Dollars Only) from the COVID-19 Alleviation program organized by the above and the world health organization in conjunction with Microsoft under the auspices of the United Nations Organization. This is to help to alleviate the financial problem caused by the corona virus [covid-19] pandemic.

The program was based on the random selection of millions of emails from the internet of which your email address happened to fall within the selected few. All selected individuals shall be paid in accordance with his/her payment center. Stated below are your identification numbers: BATCH NUMBER: IMF/19/WHO-43658, REFERENCE NUMBER: 2021234522, PIN: 1208. As part of our security protocol you are to quote the identification numbers to avoid double claiming and to prevent scam. Your payment falls under South Africa. You are therefore requested to make contact Paul Alexander, our international accredited fiduciary with the email address:, with the following information for claim:

1 Full Names 2 Contact Address:
3 Telephone/Fax Number: 4 Marital Status:
5 Occupation: 6 Date of birth:
7 Country of origin: .8 Sex:
9 Batch Number: 10 Reference Number:
11 Pin Number:

Thanks for your understanding as you follow instructions.
Yours in Services.

Mr. Edward C. Anderson { Public information officer}
International Monetary Fund

This message is confidential and for use by the address only. The content is not to be disclosed to anyone other
Than the addressed. Please advise the sender by telephone of any error in the transmission
IMF Headquarter Geneva

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