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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: "IMF" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 14:28:08 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,

International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Office of the Special Representative to the UN.
Head quarters,


Attn: Beneficiary,

Please bear with us for making this initial contact through email, it is due to the urgency of this notification, since we are unable to reach your telephone line and to officially bring to your notice about your payment file in which you are listed as a beneficiary to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United Nations Compensation Program, this Compensation Program is organized Seasonal program for victims of war, disasters(earthquakes, hurricane, storm, fire),internet scams and elderly one(s) and fund payment delay in which your fund payment has been delayed by some unpatriotic officers, scammers and covid 19 settlement.

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 correspondence on the uneasy way which people like you are being treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies across Europe to Africa and Asia and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why i am appointed to handle your transaction.

Note; All Governmental and Non-Governmental parasites, 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 my office is now directly in charge of your payment.

You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will be released to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to these instructions is at your own risk.

I'm using this medium to promise you that immediately you provide the information below for reconfirmation of your personal information i shall direct you to the paying bank where your fund (US$10,500,000.00) is currently deposited and separately operating on your name but your wrong dealings did not make you know the right offices to deal with.

In view of the above you are advised to reconfirm the information below to facilitate the immediate release of your fund.

1) Your Full Name:

2) Phone, Fax and Mobile:

3) Company\'S Name, Position and Address:

4) Profession, Age and Marital Status

Kindly send the above required information to us via email and upon the receipt of the above mentioned information we shall proceed in filing a claim with the bank and get back to you with further details on how your fund will be released. Awaiting your earliest response.

Best Regards,
Ms. Kristalina Georgieva,
Managing Director International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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