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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: "I.M.F." <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:09:28 +0100

IMF Headquarters. 700 19th Street, N.W
C/O Kristalina Georgieva
In Affiliation with West African Economic
and Monetary Union (WAEMU).
Attention Beneficiary;
Your Long overdue Payment Is Ready:
It came to our notice today that your long over due unpaid contracts
inheritance fund,next of kin and lotto benefits that was originated
from Africa, Europe, Asia Plus Middle east and American is among the
list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been
located to the CITY BANK LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.Your email appeared
among the beneficiaries, who will receive a part-payment of your
contractual sum and has been approved already for months now. You are
requested to get back to us for more direction and instruction on how
to receive your fund. However, we received an email from one Mr.
Virgie Lee Samples who told us that he is your next of kin and that
you died in a car accident last week.
He has also submitted his account for us to transfer the fund to him
including his International passport. we want to hear from you before
we can make the transfer to confirm if you are dead or not. Please in
confirmation that you are still alive, you are advised to reconfirm
the below listed information to enable us facilitate an immediate
payment for you.
1 Your full names
2 Your present contact address.
3 Your telephone & Fax numbers.
4 Your Occupations/age/sex.
5 Home Equity (Yes or No)
Once again, We apologize to you on behalf Of IMF (International
Monetary Fund) for the delays on paying your funds, which according to
records in the system had been long overdue. You can contact the IMF
director/chairperson Ms. Kristalina Georgieva on her
Yours Sincerely,
Kristalina Georgieva E-mail:(

Chairperson/Director IMF,
IMF Headquarters.700 19th Street, N.W

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