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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:

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 19:24:50 +0100

Dear Sir / Madam, I write to inform you that the GOVERNMENT OF UNITED
STATES in conjunction with International Monetary Fund (IMF), has
resolved to refund each victim of scam (Advance Fee FRAUD) the sum of
$7,500.000 (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only) On that
note, I seek your consent to collaborate with me so that I will put
your name as one of the victims entitle and legible for this refunds
for our mutual benefits. If you are interested in actualizing this
deal with me respond back urgently with your below details to enable
me put your name among those that will benefit from the refund this
month. 1 Your full names/ address. 2 Your phone number. 3 Your
age/sex and occupation. Please note that the process of filing for
this refund is risk free and has nothing to do with illegality because
I have perfected every plan for the smooth processing of the refunds.
Bear in mind that our working ratio shall be 50% each as soon as we
get the refund in your name. Yours Faithfully, Ms. Kristalina
Georgieva Managing Director International Monetary Fund

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