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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
- to our official email(firstname.lastname@example.org )attention ; (Gmail; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: International Monetary Fund <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:02:53 -1100
Subject: Attention ; Beneficiary
*International Monetary Fund( I.M.F ) Head OfficeSenior Resident
Representative#1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,Washington, DC 20431
USA.(I.M.F)(001).RESPOND TO OUR OFFICIAL
<firstname.lastname@example.org>)Attention ; BeneficiaryThis is to
inform you of a very important information which will be of a great help to
redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in getting
your long overdue payment, due to excessive demand for money from you by
both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your funds
remain unpaid to you. I am Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, a highly placed
official of the InternationalMonetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to
know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the
uneasy way in which people like you are treated by Various Banks and
Courier Companies/ Diplomat across Europe to Africa and Asia /London Uk. We
have decided to put a stop to that.All Governmental and Non-Governmental
prostates, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier
companies which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed
to back off from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond
to them anymore since the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now directly
in charge of your payment.Your name appeared in our payment schedule list
of beneficiaries that will receive their funds in this first quarter
payment of the year because we only transfer funds twice in a year
according to our banking regulation. We apologize for the delay of your
payment and please stop communicating with any office now and pay attention
to our office payment accordingly.Now your new Payment,United Nation
Approval No; UN5685P,White House Approved No: WH44CV,Reference
No.-35460021,Allocation No: 674632Password No: 339331,Pin Code No: 55674
and yourCertificate of Merit Payment No: 103,Released Code No:
0763;Immediate (IMF) Telex confirmation No: -1114433;Secret Code No:
XXTN013.Your payment inheritance fund is USD$10.7Million. Having received
these vital payment numbers, therefore you are qualified now to receive and
confirm your payment with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
immediately. We assure you that your payment will get to you as long as you
follow my directives and instructions. We have decided to give you a CODE,
THE CODE IS: *001*. Please, any time you receive an email with the name Ms.
Kristalina Georgieva, check if there is CODE (001) if the code is not
written, please delete the message from your box! You are hereby advised
NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your
transaction as your fund will be transferred to you directly from our
source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at
your own risk. Respond to this e-mail on:
<email@example.com> )with immediate effect and we
shall give you further details on how your fund will be released.This
Office hereby gives you the GUARANTEE your absolute protection and that of
your approved Compensation Funds via ATM CARD delivery is 100% assured.
Your approved amount of US$10,700,000.00. (Ten Million,Seven Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) by the IMF must reach you in any of the
above options best for your reception and please do not respond to any
email except this so you will be able to receive your fund from the right
source which is this office that you have already contacted.Ms.Kristalina
GeorgievaManaging Director of the InternationalMonetary Fund.
(I.M.F)(001)RESPOND TO OUR OFFICIAL