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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: "Dr.Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2022 10:32:31 -0300
Subject: Attention: Sir/Madam/Mr./Mrs.

( I.M.F ) Head Office
#1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20431

Dear Fund Beneficiary

I am Dr Kristalina Georgieva the Managing Director International
Monetary Fund, and the Chairman, Unclaimed Fund Release committee set up
to disburse/release all the unclaimed fund to the supposed
beneficiaries. We were informed that you have not received your long
overdue fund payment for years because of some corrupt government
officials who have tried to divert your funds to their own personal
aggrandizement.Be inform that after due consultation on your behalf
regarding the immediate release of your Approved Unclaimed Funds of 4.8
Million United States Dollars

All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGOs, Finance
Companies, Banks, Security Companies, and Courier companies that 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 a year
according to our banking regulation. We apologize for the delay in your
payment please stop communicating with any office now and attention to
our office payment accordingly.

this notification for further advise:
Your Full Name....................
Current Residential Address.......
Direct Phone Number...............
Age / Sex / Occupation............
Scan Copy of Your ID..............
I shall wait to hear from you with the above

reply to my private email; (

Yours Sincerely,
Dr.Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director International Monetary Fund

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