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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: "Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 01:27:03 +0000
Subject: From: International Monetary Fund

From: International Monetary Fund
Headquarters: WASHINGTON DC, United State of America
Formation: 27 December 1945
Region: Worldwide
Hours: Open Today From 8:30am 5:30pm

Good day to you dear and how are you doing today? I’m Mrs. Kristalina
Georgieva the new Managing Director of International Monetary Fund
(IMF) United State of America, I’m contacting you regarding your funds
documentary from Washington DC which has been in our office for a
complete whole year worth the total sum of nine million one hundred
thousand united states dollar ($9,100,000.00usd) the reason why you're
receiving this funds is because the United State government embark on
worldwide promotion for the Disable , Unemployed ,Retired workers
,Scam Victims ETC. We are doing this to build career for people that
are in need and also to promote our company and this can never affect
any money you get from work or money you receive from your government.
and I personally decided to contact you in respect of your funds with
my personal email address to avoid fraudulent issues on this
transaction and also to know if you're still alive since we haven't
heard from you making any plans toward claiming your funds for a whole
year, get back to me for more information regarding your funds and
you're to reconfirm me your full name to be very sure am dealing with
the rightful beneficiary of the Funds.

Thank you
Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director IMF.

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