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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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- 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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2022 19:22:19 +0200
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY 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!
SUB-FUND TRANSFER NOTIFICATION: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) DEBT
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 that all the debts been owed by the
Africans and Europeans should be paid to them via AU and EU accounts
with the supervision of the bank of International settlement (BIS) here
in the United States which you happened to be one of the beneficiary
confirmed for this payment settlement.
Also In accordance with the payment verification and auditing exercise
carried out by the UK Debt Servicing Unit of the World Bank, (W.B) and
the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in conjunction with the European
Union(EU), It has been brought to the knowledge of the Controller
General, International Monetary Fund that your outstanding valued at
US$4,500.000.00(Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) only has been deposited for immediate transfer with the SOUTH
AFRICAN RESERVE BANK and has been approved for urgent payment to your
receiving bank account through their International remittance unit.
We issue this last notification to you on this development since we were
unable to reach you with the payment Details, as you are advised to
contact the SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK, International Remittance Unit.
Attn: Mr. Fred Malusi on Direct Tel: +27 748476701 Email:
email@example.com, with this payment Ref
N0:BBYUK/REG1958755 for the transfer conclusion.
This avenue has been created by the United Nations (EU) & (AU) on
Foreign debt Reconciliation Commission to offset all the outstanding
foreign payments 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 from our team of experts. We assure you the best of our services
at all times assuring you of this payment transfer legitimacy.
Kristalina Georgieva(Managing Director (IMF).
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