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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)
Fraud email example:
From: "International Monetary Fund (*1962*)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 08:41:14 +0100
Subject: INSTRUCTION / WARNING TO RELEASE YOUR UNPAID FUND (*1962*)
International Monetary Fund
( I.M.F ) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
#1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20431 USA.
INSTRUCTION / WARNING TO RELEASE YOUR UNPAID FUND (*1962*).
This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be
of a great help to you from all the difficulties you have been
experiencing in getting your long over due payment, due to excessive
demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier
Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you. I am
Ms.Kristalina Georgieva, a highly placed official of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that reports have
reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way 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 fund 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 attention to our office payment
Now your new Payment,
United Nation Approval No; UN5685P,
White House Approved No: WH44CV,
Allocation No: 674632
Password No: 339331,
Pin Code No: 55674 and your
Certificate 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
received 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: (*1962*). Please, any time you receive a
mail with the name Ms. Georgieva, check if there is CODE (*1962*) if
the code is not written, please delete the massage 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
(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 can be able to
receive your fund from the right source which is this office that you
have already contacted.
Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund. (I.M.F)(*1962*)
Contact My Secretary On This Phone for More Information.
REPLY EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mr Rod Anderson(701) 807-6149