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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: "Kristalina Georgieva (MD -IMF)" <>
Date: 09 Aug 2022 17:48:41 -0700
Subject: Hello

Attention: Fund Beneficiary,


Did you instruct one Ms. Donna K. Heberling to claim your fund? The aforementioned person visited our Office at 10:45am yesterday, with a power of attorney given in her favor by your good self, granting her the benefit to process and claim your pending fund valued US$5,550,000.00 (Five Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) for some personal reasons. She further stated that you are one of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) victims as you did not survive but you grant her a power of attorney to claim your pending funds before you pass away. 

Please answer this very important questions;
Are you Dead OR Alive? Our office has asked Ms. Donna K. Heberling, to return back to this office within (48) working hours to enable us to have a personal confirmation from you being hitherto the beneficiary. 
(1.) Did you instruct one Ms. Donna K. Heberling, of 1200 Fitch Way, Sacramento, CA 95864, to claim and receive the payment on your behalf because you are dead? 
(2.) Did you sign any 'Deed of Assignment' in her favor thereby making her the current beneficiary/Next of Kin to receive your pending fund? 

 Now your new Payment Information Below: 

 United Nation Approval No; UN5685P, White House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632, Password No: 339331, Pin Code No: 55674, 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$5,550,000 Million. 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: (6032). Please, any time you receive a mail with the name Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, check if there is CODE (6032), if the code is not written, please delete the message from your mailbox. 

 We have decided to contact you for re-verification because we suspect that Mr. Donna K. Heberling is trying to divert your money through the sworn affidavit provided into a new different bank account of hers. You are advised to get back to our office in your return mail as soon as possible.  


Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director,
International Monetary Fund

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