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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Phillip_T=2E_Edward=C2=A0?= <>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 08:51:31 -0500
Subject: Dear Sir, Re: Change of Your Account Informations

Philip T.  Edward   (Director General)
Date; 12/18/2021

Dear  Beneficiary
              Re: Change of  Your Account Information's
I am Philip T.  Edward  The Director General, IRS/International
Monetary Fund (IMF) , Payment Unit.  With reference to your
outstanding claim and inline with the CHANGE OF BENEFICIARY'S
APPLICATION, signed by Mr.Pablo T. Malana with your purported
authorization. This case has been carefully examined and we have
declined Mr. Pablo T. Malana application and reported to the security
department for appropriate action, as the application lacks regular
signature. But Did you ever instruct Mr.Pablo T. Malana to claim your
US$1,250.000.00 Million Outstanding claim benefit?

Below is the bank account information provided by Mr. Pablo T. Malana
saying that you authorized her to claim your fund that you are
terminally ill.

Name of Bank:    CITI  BANK
Bank Address:  410 Los Cerritos Center,CA  90703.USA
Account Name:  Pablo T. Malana
Account Number: 42010208694.
Routing Number:  322271724.
Swift Code:      CITIUS33.

If you had not authorized the change of your bank account in respect
to your outstanding entitlement Payment, therefore notify me
immediately as the notification / declaration was supported with a
sworn affidavit from United Kingdom high court Ref: ILK JJ/202/K2015,
dated 11/29/2021 and signed by Mr.Pablo T. Malana who claim and stated
in the sworn declaration that you authorized her to claim the said
fund on your behalf to a different bank account in the U.S.A as stated
above because you were positive of Covid-19 and the Doctor who is in
charge of your case stated that you will not live more than one Months
before  passing away.

This development has caused lots of discrepancies in your payment file
that is why we had to suspend this payment and prompted to contact you
directly via email since your phone has not been connecting before
rejuvenating your payment. You have to be rest assured that I will do
everything within my capacity to successfully actualize the quick
transfer of your fund to any of your nominated bank account if this
instruction is issued and signed by you.

Urgently get back to me as soon as possible if this is not true, so
that we can further our investigation for a possible arrest and
prosecution of Mr.Pablo T. Malana I wait to hear from you if you are
still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this confidential.

Please get back to us via this Email: ( ) only  for further directives:

Sincerely Yours

Philip T.  Edward  (Director General)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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