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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: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 06:28:02 +0100
Subject: Identification Code ( EGZOXHXTFRDWBG )


The office of the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
in conjunction with the Federal Bureau Of Investigation hereby wishes
to inform you that we recently received several reports through our
Global Intelligence Network that you have an outstanding transaction
which wasn't completed after a series of processes.
Consequently, we finally traced the location of your overdue awarded
lottery winnings of Ten Million, Six Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars ( $10,600,000.00 ) and ordered the transmitting of the funds
to Westpac Bank Australia for safety. This decision was reached due to
the rate of corruption and scam reports perpetrated by Individuals of
Government offices and Lottery companies across UK, Europe, Asia, and

The transmission of the funds to Westpac Bank Australia was
successfully executed and we instructed the management of Westpac Bank
to issue you an Automated Teller Machine card ( ATM ) which will be
shipped to your home address through a courier service.
Please contact Micheal Jenkins, the attorney we placed in charge to
oversee the safe handling of your funds and successful delivery of the
ATM card to your home address so he will register the Card for
shipping immediately.

Name: Micheal Jenkins

Furthermore; identification code EGZOXHXTFRDWBG was issued by Westpac
Bank management which you are required to indicate in your email
including your Name, address and phone number for verification and
easy identification.

Thank you.

Yours truly,
Ms. Kristalina Georgieva,
Managing Director,
International Monetary Fund.

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