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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: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 16:19:02 -0800

*International Monetary Fund( I.M.F ) Head OfficeSenior Resident
Representative#1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
DC 20431 USA
Attention ; BeneficiaryThis is to intimate you of a very
important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all
the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting your long overdue
payment, due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank
officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to
you.I am Ms.Kristina Georgia, a highly placed official of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that reports have reached
our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way in which people
like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies/Diplomat across
Europe to Africa and Asia /London UK. We have decided to put a stop to
that.All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance
Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been
in contact with you of late have been instructed to back off from your
transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now directly in charge of your
payment. Your name appeared in our payment schedule list of beneficiaries
that will receive their funds in this first quarter payment of the year
because we only transfer funds twice in a year according to our banking
regulation. We apologize for the delay of your payment and please stop
communicating with any office now and pay attention to our office payment
accordingly.Now your new Payment,United Nation Approval No; UN5685P,White
House Approved No: WH44CV,Reference No.-35460021,Allocation No:
674632Password No: 339331,Pin Code No: 55674 and yourCertificate of Merit
Payment No: 103,Released Code No: 0763;Immediate (IMF) Telex confirmation
No: -1114433;Secret Code No: XXTN013.Your payment inheritance fund is US
D$10.7Million. Having received these vital payment numbers, therefore you
are qualified now to receive and confirm your payment with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) immediately. We assure you that your
payment will get to you as long as you follow my directives and
instructions. We have decided to give you a CODE, THE CODE IS: (*1948*).
Please, any time you receive a mail with the name Ms. Kristina Georgia,
check if there is CODE (*1948*) if the code is not written, please delete
the message from your box! You are hereby advised NOT to remit further
payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund
will be transferred to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear.
Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. Respond to
this e-mail on: (
with immediate effect and we shall give you further details on how your
fund will be released.This Office hereby gives you the GUARANTEE your
absolute protection and that of your approved Compensation Funds via ATM
CARD delivery is 100% assured. Your approved amount of US$10,700,000.00.
(Ten Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) by the IMF must
reach you in any of the above options best for your reception and please do
not respond to any email except this so you will be able to receive your
fund from the right source which is this office that you have already
contacted.Ms.Kristina GeorgiaManaging Director of the InternationalMonetary
Fund. (I.M.F)(*1948*)(IMF)*

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