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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: "Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 18:40:50 +0000
Subject: Unclaimed winning fund $750, 000.00

700 19th Street, N.W.,Washington, D.C. 20431.
Mo lottery Unclaimed fund USD $750, 000.00 2020 detected by fund Email owner

Mo lottery link; *
Winning number; 5-6-14-29-35

Dear Fund Email owner,

This is to inform you of very important information which will be of 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
fund remains unpaid to you.

I am Mrs. 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 in
which people like you are treated by Various Banks. After our
investigation, we found out that your email address was one of the lucky
winners in the Mo lottery selection in 2020 year but due to some corrupt
bankers they tried to divert your funds.

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
which you can receive your fund in your bank account through the help of
European investment bank.

Your name appeared in our payment schedule list of beneficiaries that will
receive their Mo lottery funds in this first quarter payment of the year
2022 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: 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 part payment inheritance fund is
USD $750, 000.00, having received these vital payments. Winning numbers;
5-6-14-29-35, date of won; October 05, 2020, you can also confirm your
winning fund through this Mo lottery link; *
<>* therefore you are
qualified now to receive and confirm your payment with the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) African Region immediately within the next 168hrs. 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: 601. Please, any time you receive a mail with the name Mrs. Kristalina
Georgieva, check if there is CODE (601) 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. The only payment needed at the bank is only the
IMF clearance certificate fee so the bank will be able to release your
total money in your bank account.

I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your

We have already deposited your total fund at the right paying European
investment bank, I want you to contact the Approval to receive your total
fund in good condition without any further delay or additional charges.

Respond to this Bank e-mail on ( ) your
fund will be released to your bank account once you contact the bank.

Contact bank manager name; Dr. EDMUND GREGORY

Bank email:

With respect
Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva, (I.M.F)(601) official

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