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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"<<>>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 08:35:13 -0700
Subject: Fund+

IMF Headquarters: 7001 19th Street, 20219-001
N.W, Washington D. C. 20413,
United States of America.

Our Ref: IMF/FGN/RMB/088/2022
Internal Memo Urgent!

Attn: Beneficiary,


Sequel to the meeting we had with the African and European country leaders =
in the recent Mexico world G20B summit in regards to the payments been owed=
by the Africa,America,Asia and Europe continents, the Chairman of African =
Union(AU) and that of the European Union (EU) have made it known to all the=
beneficiaries been owed via Contracts, Inheritance, Lottery, during their =
recent interview with United Nation overdue contract payment commission tha=
t all the debts been owed by the Africans and Europeans should be paid to t=
hem via AU and EU accounts with the supervision of the bank of Internationa=
l settlement (BIS) here in the United States which you happened to be one o=
f the beneficiary confirmed for this payment settlement.

Also In accordance with the payment verification and auditing exercise carr=
ied out by the UK Debt Servicing Unit of the World Bank, (W.B) and the Inte=
rnational Monetary Fund (IMF) in conjunction with the European Union(EU), I=
t has been brought to the knowledge of the Controller General, Internationa=
l Monetary Fund that your outstanding valued at US$4,500.000.00(Four Millio=
n Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has been deposited for =
immediate transfer with the SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK and has been approve=
d for urgent payment to your receiving bank account through their Internati=
onal remittance unit.

We issue this last notification to you on this development since we were un=
able to reach you with the payment Details, as you are advised to contact t=
he SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK, International Remittance Unit.

Attn: Mr. Fred Malusi on Direct Tel: +27 748476701 Email: fredmalusi@execut= , with this payment Ref
N0:BBYUK/REG1958755 for the transfer conclusion.

This avenue has been created by the United Nations (EU) & (AU) on Foreign d=
ebt Reconciliation Commission to offset all the outstanding foreign payment=
s on-hold in order to rehabilitate the lost dignity of the EU, AU & Others.=

The international Monetary Fund (IMF) remains communicated to our financial=
principles through the above contact details. We hope you will benefit fro=
m our team of experts. We assure you the best of our services at all times =
assuring you of this payment transfer legitimacy.


Yours Faithfully,
Kristalina Georgieva(Managing Director (IMF).

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