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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.Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 07:27:02 -0700
Subject: Attention ; Fund Beneficiary

International Monetary Fund
( I.M.F ) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
#1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20431 USA.

Attention ; Fund Beneficiary

This is to inform you of a very important information which will be of a
great help to redeem 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 funds remain 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,
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$10.7Million. Having received these
vital payment numbers, therefore you are qualified now to received 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: *1100*. Please, any time you receive an
email with the name Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, check if there is CODE
(*1100*) 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 on: ( with immediate
and we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released.

This Office hereby gives you the GUARANTEE your absolute protection and
that of your approved Compensation Funds via ATM CARD delivery is 100%
assured. Your approved amount of US$10,700,000.00. (Ten
Million,Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) by the IMF must reach
you in any of the above 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)(*1100*)

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