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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united state dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (AOL; can be used from anywhere worldwide)
Fraud email example:
From: "Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva " <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 08:46:46 -0800
Subject: RE : Your Urgent feedback Is Highly Appreciated.
( I.M.F ) Head Office
Senior Resident Representative
1900 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington,
DC 20431, USA.
Attn:Beneficiary, This is to intimate 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 excessi=
ve demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Com=
panies after which your fund remain unpaid to you. =
I am Mrs.Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director (MD) 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 which people like =
you are treated by various Banks and Courier Companies Diplomat(s) across E=
urope to Africa and Asia London UK, and we have decided to put a stop to th=
at and that is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Washi=
ngton, DC 20431, USA. =
I am delighted to inform you that the contract/Inheritance Lottery panel o=
f the UN/COVID19 Awarded Payment has been approved. =
All Governmental and Non-Governmental prostates, NGO=2019s, Finance Compan=
ies, Banks, Security Companies and Diplomat(s) which have been in contact w=
ith 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 Internation=
al Monetary Fund (I.M.F) Head Office is now directly in charge of your Cont=
ract Sum, Lottery/Inheritance payment US$15.500.000.00 (fifteen Million fi=
ve hundred thousand United State Dollars) You are hereby advised NOT to rem=
it 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. In order for =
us to proceed you /must get back to us with the below requested information=
: Your Full Name: =
Your Address: =
Your Age: =
Your Direct Phone Numbers: =
Your Profession: =
And we shall give you further details on how your fund will be
released to you. =
Regards, Mrs.Kristalina Georgieva =
Managing Director (IMF) Email. email@example.com=20