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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 state 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)
- ",500,000" (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)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- 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: "Ms. Kristalina Georgieva" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 22:34:05 +0100
Subject: YOUR UNPAID FUND.
International Monetary Fund
( I.M.F ) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
#1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20431 USA.
(I.M.F) TRANSACTION CODE (1968).
This is to inform 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 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 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 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,
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 Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
State Dollars (USD$10,500,000.00) only. 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: *1968*.
Please, any time you receive a mail with the name Ms. Kristalina Georgieva,
check if there is CODE (1968) 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
email on: (email@example.com) with immediate effect and we shall
give you further details on how your funds will be released.
This Office hereby gives you the GUARANTEE of your absolute protection and
that of your approved Compensation Funds is 100% assured. Your approved
amount of Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars
(USD$10,500,000.00) only by the IMF must reach you in any payment 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 Georgieva,
Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund. (I.M.F)(1968),
Contact My Secretary, Mr. Rod Anderson.