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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: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 11:56:24 +0100
Subject: Attn My Dear,

Good Day

We the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Investigation Bureau
Department in conjunction with other relevant Investigation agencies,
we hereby to inform you that we recently received several reports
through our Global intelligence monitoring networks that you had a
transaction in Europe, Africa and Asia which wasn't accomplished after
series of process and requires further procedures. Consequently we
finally traced the location of your overdue compensation funds and
ordered the dispatch or transmitting of the funds to a safe
custody.Bank of America, hence the mentioned Bank institute will be
facilitating the transferring of the funds to you as soon as possible,
this decision was made due to the rate of corruption and scam reports
perpetrated by Individuals and Government offices, companies in
,Europe,Asia,Africa therefore your funds was ordered to be moved or
transferred to safe Bank immediately for safety.

The transmission of the funds to Bank of America was successfully
executed today and we just received a confirmation from the Bank of
America that the funds valued the sum of $10.5M Ten Million Five
Hundred Thousand United State Dollars was received by the Bank
management, therefore we are officially contacting you in this regard
by letting you know that your funds are presently at Bank of America.

Your fund was securely entrusted to Bank of America, today under a
special supervision of Mr. Eric DOSSEH an experienced Bank of America
official who is to be conducting your payment henceforth. Therefore
you are advised to contact the Bank representative with the
information outlined below;

Bank of America
Contact Person: Eric DOSSEH
E-mails ( )

Furthermore identification code TDKOFXXLTD was issued by Bank of
America management which you are required to indicate by using it as
the subject of your email for verification or easy identification and
the following information are also required;

Your personal profile:

Full Names--
Home/Office address--
Current Phone number

Finally you are advised to completely terminate all your conversation
or correspondent with any other individual, authority or office in
UK,Europe,Asia, who claims to be in the custody of your funds because
your funds was officially directed to Bank of America today under our
instructions therefore you should completely quit all conversations
with any other individual or group except the Bank of America. Comply
with all their instruction and directives accordingly and they will
transfer your funds without any delay.

Warmest regards
Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director IMF.

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