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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: IMF Kristalina Georgieva <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:19:23 -0800

International Monetary Fund
IMF Headquarters (Washington, DC)
700 19th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20431
Fax: + 1 (202) 623-4661

Dear Beneficiary,


My name is Mrs Kristalina Georgieva Managing Director of the
International Monetary Fund.

This is to inform you that the International Monetary Fund [IMF] and
the United Nations [UN] is compensating all the scammed victims
$3,800,000.00 United States Dollars. Your name and email address was
mentioned to the United States Secret Service by one of the Scammers
who was arrested.

Meanwhile this Compensation department has been mandated by the IMF
and the United Nations to transfer your compensation funds to you
through Bank to Bank transfer which is 100 % Guarantee for payment to
you as one of the scammed victim.

Furthermore we advise you to stop any further communication with any
other person(s) or office(s) concerning any transaction that you might
have lost your hard earned money to avoid losing more money to other
group of scammers who are on the FBI wanted list and are still on the
run and for this reason we want to warn you not to communicate or
duplicate this message to anyone for any reason whatsoever as the
United States Secret Service are already on the trace for the other

You are hereby advised to contact the paying bank (HSBC BANK CHINA) to
receive your Compensation $3,800,000.00 without further delay.

37/F, HSBC Building, Shanghai Ifc,
8 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, China 200120
Contact Person: Mrs. Helen Wong Pik KUEN
Director:Transaction Banking Overseas Dept
E-mail : or

Anticipating your urgent cooperation in other to receive your payment.

Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

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