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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: "Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 07:58:31 +0100

General Counsel and Director of the IMF's Legal Department
1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20431, USA.


Date: 10/09/2022

Attn; Dear Fund Beneficiary,

First and foremost, I am Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown, a General Counsel and
Director of the IMF's Legal Department, for funds unclaimed overdue
payment, Atm card delivery parcels, including the pending Consignment
boxes which were held by Customs and about to be confiscated for no

This is to intimate you of Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown, 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/Diplomats 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 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 pay
attention to our office payment accordingly.

Now your new Payment, United Nations Approval No; UN5685P,

White House Approved No: WH44CV, Reference No.-35460021, 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 USD$10.7 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 579. Please, any time you receive a mail
with the name Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown, check if there is CODE (579) 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 e-mail at: ( ) with immediate
effect and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be


Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown,
Legal Department General Counsel and Director.

Code (579).

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