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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: "Mr. Frank Williams" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 23:53:54 -0800
Subject: Attention is needed

Good Day My Good Friend
I am Mrs. Patricia Barry, I am a US citizen, 58 years
Old. I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance
funds in East & West Africa many years ago and they refused to pay me,
I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to get my
funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail.

So I decided to travel to Wright City, Oklahoma with all my
compensation documents, And I was directed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation Director to contact Mrs Kristalina Georgeva, who is a

representative of the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF), a Human
Rights Activist and a member of the Compensation Award Committee,
currently in Wright City, Oklahoma and I contacted her and she
explained everything to me. She said whoever is contacting us through
emails or texts are fake, Mrs Kristalina Georgeva personally directed
me on how to claim my Inheritance fund.

She directed me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation
payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have
received my compensation funds amounting to $2,400,000.00.
Moreover,Mrs Kristalina Georgeva showed me the full information of
those that are yet to receive their payments and those whose
inheritance had not been paid and the list of all outstanding
contractor that were owed that are yet

to receive their payments and I saw your Email as one of the on the
list he showed me, that is why I decided to massage you to stop
dealing with those people, they are not with your funds,

they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact
Mrs Kristalina Georgeva. Kindly send your personal details to her to
prove your identification such as below:

Full names:....

Home address:....

current Phone No:....


You have to contact her directly on this information below.

Compensation Award Office.

Name : Mrs Kristalina Georgeva


You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway
with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you
up until you have nothing left. The only money I paid after I met Mrs
Kristalina Georgeva was for full legal affidavit to support my claim

approval of my compensation funds release which will enable the
transfer of the funds immediately to your bank account or whichever
way you desire to receive your payment which is only $50. Take note of
that and i will advise you to contact her Asap if you wish to receive
your fund without any further

wasting of time.

Thank You and Be Blessed.
Mrs. Patricia Barry

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