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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: "Ms. Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 11:24:07 +0100
Subject: @

I'm Ms. Kristalina Georgieva IMF managing Director USA. Your
consignment box of $15.5M was returned to my office last week as
unclaimed money . If you want to receive this money then get back to
me and let me know how you want to receive it, through bank to bank
wire OR Online transfer, through ATM card or cash in the consignment
box. Contact me on my cell phone ( 978)310-28 ) or text OR, email
address( ) , You can contact me with your phone
number as well.
I am waiting to hear from you.
Thank you.
Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
IMF managing Director USA

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